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Comparative Class Actions

The conventional wisdom is that much of the rest of the world looks at American procedures to resolve aggregate litigation with disdain. Yet, many other nations have now adopted or are considering the adoption of class action devices, and some nations have arguably surpassed America in the encouragement of litigation through other devices altogether. This class will examine these developments, and explore how and why they differ from the approaches adopted in America. This examination will include an inquiry into the different legal and philosophical norms that exist abroad, including differing attitudes toward the role of government and the law and economics movement.