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Tenth Anniversary Post: Chuck Kotuby on the Future of IJA

Posted on January 8, 2021

I am thrilled that my good friend Ted Folkman has asked me to write this short celebratory post for the Tenth Anniversary of Letters Blogatory. To mark the passing of a productive decade, Ted asked to provide my thoughts on “where you think the law of international judicial assistance will be ten years from now.” I am always reluctant to play the role of a clairvoyant seer, especially for a topic as multidirectional as international judicial assistance, but I will offer some thoughts on one aspect of this subject that could offer hope and direction as we enter a new decade. By any measure, the topics that form the broad subject of international judicial assistance are junctures of multilateral engagement. They define when and…

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“Intellectual Whiplash”: One Day, Two International Cases, and Two Different Results at the U.S. Supreme Court

Posted on March 11, 2014

I invited Chuck Kotuby to do a guest post on the Lozano case, as he is Letters Blogatory’s resident expert on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, and lo and behold, he wrote up the BG Group v. Argentina case as well! Of course, the two cases, decided on the same day, have to be read together, as Chief Justice Roberts’s dissent in the BG Group case makes clear. For prior coverage of BG Group, readers may want to review my posts on the District Court decision in January 2011 and the D.C. Circuit decision in January 2012. Chuck’s earlier coverage of the Child Abduction Convention can be found in his post on Chafin v. Chafin. Today’s post is cross-posted…

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Chafin v. Chafin: Hague Convention, Mootness, Extraterritorial Authority and Futility

Posted on February 21, 2013

I know, I know, I’m supposed to be on vacation, but I didn’t want to let the week go by without publishing this comment on the Supreme Court’s new decision in Chafin v. Chafin by Letters Blogatory correspondent Charles T. Kotuby Jr. of Jones Day. This will be cross-posted at Conflict of Laws.net. We previewed the Chafin case on this site when certiorari was granted last summer. It was decided yesterday by a unanimous Court. This is the second Hague Convention case to reach the Court in three years, and while the decision itself is not altogether surprising, Chief Justice Roberts does include an interesting discussion that touches on a wide array of transnational issues (outside of the family law context). Chafin involves a…

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