Better Law as a Better Outcome

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Abstract

This Article suggests a "better-outcome" understanding of the better- law approach to the choice-of-law question. Traditionally this approach has been promptly dismissed following the objection to substantive evaluation of the relevant laws and the inherent difficulty in determining which law is "better." By shifting the focus from the merits of the content of laws to the desirable results of the particular litigation, this Article suggests an alternative version of better law. This vision of the better-law approach not only addresses the criticism traditionally mounted against it, but also represents the return of this approach to its intellectual roots of classical legal realism. Using as an example one of the most significant decisions in common law choice-of-law history, Chaplin v. Boys, the Article demonstrates the presence of this version of better law in the underlying reasoning of that case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155–196
JournalAmerican Journal of Comparative Law
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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