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Research Canons

Books and articles that are essential to a new academic in various areas of legal inquiry as suggested by contributors to PrawfsBlawg.


  1. Joseph Beale, A Treatise on the Conflict of Laws (1935) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  2. Lea Brilmayer, Conflict of Laws (1995) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  3. Brainerd Currie, Selected Essays on the Conflict of Laws (1963) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  4. Edwin Scott Fruehwald, Choice of Law for American Courts (2001)(suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  5. Friedrich K. Juenger, Choice of Law and Multistate Justice (1993) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  6. Robert Leflar, American Conflicts Law (1977) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  7. Peter Hay, Patricl Borcheres & Eugene F. Scoles, Conflicts of Laws (hornbook by West discussing the big historical sources and offers a fantasic view of modern theory and practice. While I hope not to be flamed by people who believe "student study aids" like hornbooks are not a proper subject of your canons project, I really think this one hornbook is worth mentioning, as it leads new people in the area to the original sources they really should read; suggested by Jason Kilborn.)


  1. William F. Baxter, Choice of Law and the Federal System,16 Stan. L. Rev. 1 (1963) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  2. David F. Cavers, A Critique of the Choice-of-Law Problem, 47 Harv. L. Rev. 173 (1933) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  3. Walter W. Cook, The Logical and Legal Bases of the Conflict of Laws, 33 Yale L.J. 457 (1924) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  4. Perry Dane, Vested Rights, 'Vestedness,' and Choice of Law, 96 Yale L.J. 1191 (1987) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  5. Herma Hill Kay, Theory into Practice: Choice of Law in the Courts, 34 Mercer L. Rev. 521 (1983) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  6. Harold L. Korn, The Choice of Law Revolution: A Critique, 83 Colum. L. Rev. 772 (1983) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  7. Larry Kramer, Rethinking Choice of Law, 90 Colum. L. Rev. 277 (1990) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  8. Douglas Laycock, Equal Citizens of Equal and Territorial States: The Constitutional Foundations of Choice of Law, 92 Colum. L. Rev. 249 (1992) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  9. Kermit Roosevelt III, The Myth of Choice of Law: Rethinking Conflicts, 97 Mich. L. Rev. 2448 (1999) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  10. Gene R. Shreve, Choice of Law and the Forgiving Constitution, 71 Ind. L.J. 271 (1996) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).
  11. Louise Weinberg, Choice of Law and Minimal Scrutiny, 49 U. Chi. L. Rev. 440 (1982) (suggested by Scott Fruehwald).