Professor Woo Co-Authors New Book on Civil Procedure from a Global Perspective


10.28.21 — Professor Margaret Y.K. Woo has teamed up with Professor Paul Schiff Berman of GW Law to author Global Issues in Civil Procedure (West Academic, 2021), a compelling new text that is designed to facilitate the introduction of international, transnational and comparative law issues into a first-year civil procedure course. Woo is a leading expert on the Anglo-American legal system and the Chinese socialist legal system and Berman is one of the world’s foremost theorists on the interactions among legal systems.

“With an increasingly global economy, private cross-border disputes proliferate,” explains Woo, an associate of the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. “There has been a dramatic increase in the number of litigated disputes where the parties are based in different jurisdiction or evidence is located abroad. This book focuses on some of the recurring problems with transnational litigation, including choice of law, enforcement of judgment and challenges to jurisdiction.”

Woo’s previous books include co-editing East Asian Law: Universal Norms and Local Culture (Routledge, 2003) and Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She is also co-author of Litigating in America: Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishing, 2006) and  a co-editor of the American Association of Law School’s Journal of Legal Education. She has received many prestigious grants from a variety of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and is on the Senior Scholar Roster for the Fulbright Scholars Program. In 2015, she served as an invited visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg. In 2018, she was selected for a Fulbright Specialist award. Under the Fulbright auspices, she partnered with faculty at the University of Florence in Italy to develop a series of comparative law seminars at the University of Florence that addressed the changing landscape of international cooperation , including BREXIT, multi-lateral treaties, and ongoing political developments in the US and Europe.

Woo and Berman’s book is a second edition that builds on a prior version co-authored by Thomas Main, a 1994 graduate of Northeastern Law who currently serves as the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law.

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