Louise Ellen Teitz

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Louise Ellen TeitzDistinguished Service Professor of Law

Contact Information

401-254-4601lteitz@rwu.eduCurriculum Vitae

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University
B.A., Yale College

Louise Ellen Teitz is Professor of Law at Roger Williams Law School and part of the founding faculty. From 2011 to 2014, she served as First Secretary, Hague Conference on Private International Law, The Hague, with primary responsibility for family law areas, including 1980 and 1996 Conventions, and related projects including mediation in family law matters, the "Malta Process" involving Sharia based legal systems, cross-border parentage, unmarried couples, and relocation.

Professor Teitz's academic areas of expertise include private international law, international litigation and dispute resolution, international business transactions, international family law, comparative law, civil procedure, conflict of laws, international aspects of electronic commerce, professional responsibility, and antitrust. She was also Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law School (Spring 2014).

She is a graduate of Yale College and Southern Methodist University School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced law for several years with law firms in Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  In addition to prior teaching experience at several prestigious U.S. law schools (University of Illinois College of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law- Camden), she has been on the faculties of the University of Konstanz in Germany and the University of Bern in Switzerland, as well as teaching at the University of Geneva, University of Bologna, and Catholica University in Lisbon, Portugal. Professor Teitz has also been a Visiting Scholar at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), in Vienna, and at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome and lectures frequently abroad. Professor Teitz is the author of two books and numerous articles on these subjects; e.g.,Transnational Litigation (Michie/Lexis 1966 & Supp 1999). She currently is working on a West Casebook entitledComparative Law with Peter Winship and a Second Edition of Transnational Litigation, her earlier treatise.

Professor Teitz is active in the American Bar Association, has chaired several committees and divisions and has served on the Council of the ABA Section of International Law.  She was a member of the ABA Task Force on Electronic Commerce and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She was a member of the United States Delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law for the Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention and for the Choice of Court Agreements Convention and is a member of the US Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Professor Teitz was also Co-Reporter on the Uniform Law Commission (NCCUSL) Drafting Committee on the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and is a member of the American Bar Association and Uniform Law Commissioners (NCCUSL) Joint Editorial Board on International Law. She has also served as a member of the American Bar Association delegation (as an Observer) to UNICITRAL’s Working Group III on Online Dispute Resolution. Professor Teitz was appointed to be a Uniform Law Commissioner from Rhode Island in June 2015.  

Professor Teitz is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Association of Procedural Law (elected to the Council), The International Academy of Comparative Law, and  ASADIP;  is a U.S. representative to the International Law Association’s International Commercial Arbitration Committee and Protection of Privacy in International and Procedural Law; is on the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association; and is on the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Books

“Malta Process and Cross-Cultural Aspects in Family Disputes,” in The Child's Interest in Conflict: The Intersections Between Society, Family, Faith and Culture edited by Maarit Jantera-Jareborg (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2016)

“Prospects for the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements,” in A Commitment to Private International Law: Essays in honour of Hans van Loon (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2013) (with Marta Pertegás)

“Where to Sue: Finding the Most Effective Forum in the World,” in International Litigation Strategies and Practice, 2d ed., edited by Barton Legum (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2012)

 “Implementing the Hague Choice of Court Agreements Convention for the Twenty-first Century: Providing a Viable Alternative to Arbitration,” in Visiting Professors all’Alma Mater: Lezioni alla Facoltà di Giurisprudenza dell'Università di Bologna 2006-2010 (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2011)

“Choice of Court Clauses and Third Countries From a US Perspective: Challenges to Predictability,” inInternational Civil Litigation in Europe and Relations with Third States, edited by A. Nuyts and N. Watte (Brussels: Bruylant, 2005)

“Where to Sue: Finding the Most Effective Forum in the World,” in International Litigation Strategies and Practice, edited by Barton Legum (Chicago, Illinois: Section of International Law & Practice, American Bar Association, 2005)

“The Story of Hilton: From Gloves to Globalization,” in Civil Procedure Stories, edited by Kevin M. Clermont (St. Paul, Minnesota: Thomson/West, 2004)

Transnational Litigation (Charlottesville, Virginia: Michie, 1996 & Lexis Law Publishing Supp. 1999)

Articles

Children Crossing Borders: Internationalizing the Restatement of the Conflict of Laws, 27 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 519 (2017).

The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: A Realistic Competitor to the New York Convention?  10 New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer 47 (Spring 2017) (with Glenn Hendrix)

Determining and Applying Foreign Law: the Increasing Need for Cross-border Cooperation, 45 N.Y.U. Journal of International Law and Politics 1081 (2013)

Complexity and Aggregation in Choice of Law: An Introduction to the Landscape, 14 Roger Williams University Law Review 1 (2009)(symposium editor)

Divergence and Harmonization in Private International Law, Common Themes, 101 American Society of International Law Proceedings 360 (2007)

The Hague Choice of Court Convention: Validating Party Autonomy and Providing an Alternative to Arbitration, 53 American Journal of Comparative Law 532 (2006)

Developments in Private International Law: Facilitating Cross-border Transactions and Dispute Resolution, 40 International Lawyer 505 (2006)(with Peter Winship)

Editor, International Legal Developments in Review 2005, 40 International Lawyer, Issue 2 (2006) (with Peter Winship)

Editor, International Legal Developments in Review 2004, 39 International Lawyer, Issue 2 (2005) (with Peter Winship)

Both Sides of the Coin: A Decade of Parallel Proceedings and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Transnational Litigation, 10 Roger Williams University Law Review 1 (2004)

From the Courthouse in Tobago to the Internet: The Increasing Need to Prove Foreign Law in U.S. Courts, 34 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 97 (2003)

U.S. Mediation in 2001: The Path that Brought America to Uniform Laws and Mediation in Cyberspace, 50 American Journal of Comparative Law 181 (2002) (with Richard Birke)

Providing Legal Services for the Middle Class in Cyberspace: The Promise and Challenge of On-Line Dispute Resolution, 70 Fordham Law Review 985 (2001)

Acts of State and Arbitration, 3 Zeitschrift Für Zivilprozess International [ZZP Int] 477 (1999)

Courses Taught

LAW.600Civil Procedure I

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the adversary system and the historical basis and evolving functions of both the state and the federal systems of civil procedure. Topics include an introduction to claims and remedies, jurisdiction, venue, pleading, discovery, joinder of claims and parties, res judicata, collateral estoppel, disposition without trial, court selection, jury and non-jury trials, post-trial motions and appellate review. The drafting of pleadings for a case is included.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.601Civil Procedure II

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the adversary system and the historical basis and evolving functions of both the state and the federal systems of civil procedure. Topics include an introduction to claims and remedies, jurisdiction, venue, pleading, discovery, joinder of claims and parties, res judicata, collateral estoppel, disposition without trial, court selection, jury and non-jury trials, post-trial motions and appellate review. The drafting of pleadings for a case is included.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Prerequisite

LAW.600 – Civil Procedure I

LAW.737Conflicts of Law

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Course Description

Callie from California and Max from Massachusetts get into a car accident with each other in the parking lot of Disney World (Florida). Max returns home to Massachusetts and sues Callie and Disney World in Massachusetts state court. Does the Massachusetts court have jurisdiction over Callie and/or Disney World? If so, what law would a Massachusetts court apply to the dispute – Massachusetts law? California law? Florida law? If Max obtains judgment against Callie and Disney World, are these judgments enforceable in California and Florida? If Callie moves to France and obtains a declaratory judgment there that she is not liable to Max for the car accident, would this French judgment be recognized by a Massachusetts court to preclude Max’s lawsuit? These are the questions to be explored in this Conflict of Laws course. The course will focus on three broad questions: 1. Jurisdiction: When does a court have jurisdiction over a dispute? 2. Choice of Law: What law will a court apply to a dispute? 3. Enforcement of Judgments: When will a judgment from a foreign court (U.S. state or foreign country) be recognized and/or enforced? The approach taken is a mix between academic and practical. The ultimate goal is to have students not only understand the doctrines that comprise the conflict of laws, but be able to apply and manipulate them to achieve a desired result.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LSM.856Current Issues in Private International Law

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This course will meet for six weeks.

Course Description

This course will look at cutting edge issues and a selection of current work on harmonization and codification of private international law, both domestically and internationally, such as work in connection with classic areas of private international law-- jurisdiction, choice of law, judicial assistance, and enforcement of judgments-- as well as areas such as commercial law, family law, consumer dispute resolution/online dispute resolution (ODR). In addition, we will look at how some of the private international law conventions are to be/have been implemented in the United States and the practical and policy issues implicated by these decisions. The course will introduce students to the work product of several international entities e.g., The Hague Conference on Private International Law, UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), OECD; as well as regional entities such as the Council of Europe, EU and the Organization of American States; and also domestic harmonization entities such as the Uniform Law Commission (NCCUSL) and ALI.

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Louise Ellen Teitz

LAW.740Intellectual Property

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Course Description

This course offers a broad survey of intellectual property law. The course focuses on the rights and obligations of those who possess and use property in the form of patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Depending on time constraints, the course also touches on subsidiary areas, such as trade secrets, the rights of publicity, and unfair competition. International as well as federal and state controls and policies will be studied.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.792International Business Transactions

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Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental legal problems encountered by U.S. enterprises engaged in international business. The course will focus on some major legal problems encountered in commercial and financial business ventures that cross national borders, analyzing basic international business transactions and the effects of U.S. law, specific foreign law, and treaties on the conduct of the parties involved. Topics include an introduction to: commercial law, formation of contracts, choice of law, international sale of goods (including the CISG), letters of credit, foreign direct investment, the organization and operations of international (World Trade Organization) and regional trade institutions (European Union), international dispute resolution, and corporate social responsibility. The goal of the course is for students to develop an understanding of the laws applicable to private international transactions and an awareness of the risks inherent in doing business in or with other countries and their nationals.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Louise Ellen Teitz

LAW.655Professional Responsibility

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Course Description

This course analyzes the responsibility of lawyers and judges from the perspectives of the rules and case law, the profession and the client/consumer. Topics include the historical, political, and sociological bases of legal ethics; conflicts of interests; attorney-client privilege; admission to the bar; disciplinary matters and procedures; unauthorized practice of law; attitudes toward bench and bar; professional liability; and canons of ethics and codes of professional responsibility.

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Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.