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News Posted on April 28, 2017

Professor Dodge Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

Professor William S. Dodge has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (No. 16-1220). The brief urges the Court to grant certiorari in order to review the question whether a court may abstain from exercising jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis, as a matter of discretionary international comity, over an otherwise valid Sherman Antitrust Act claim. Professor Dodge has published an article about “International Comity in American Law” in the Columbia Law Review and criticized the Second Circuit’s decision in the case in a blog post last year. He filed the brief with his Co-Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law, Professor Paul B. Stephan of the University of Virginia School of Law.

Professor Dodge, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, is an influential international law scholar. He serves as a Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law: Jurisdiction and as a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. He is a co-author of the casebook Transnational Business Problems and a co-editor of International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change, which won the American Society of International Law's 2012 certificate of merit. He has authored more than 50 other publications in books and law reviews.