Professor Dodge Cited by District Court
Professor William S. Dodge was cited by the district court in Simon v. Republic of Hungary (D.D.C. 2017), a suit brought by Holocaust victims against Hungary. The court cited Professor Dodge’s article “International Comity in American Law” in concluding that plaintiffs were likely correct that exhaustion of local remedies was required under customary international law only when a plaintiff files a claim before an international tribunal rather than the domestic courts of a different sovereign. The court nevertheless dismissed the claims on grounds of prudential exhaustion and forum non conveniens. An appeal to the D.C. Circuit is expected.
Professor Dodge is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law. 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.