Course Syllabus



教員: フランク・ベネット
科目種別: 基礎隣接
開講時期: 春学期
対象年次: 1年(3年コース)
開講時限: 月3
単位数: 2
必修の有無: 選択


講義概要 This course will cover selected topics in common law and Federal civil procedure in the United States, including: (1) subject matter jurisdiction of the Federal courts; (2) personal jurisdiction in US courts; (3) applicable law in Article III diversity actions; (4) discovery procedures and scope of discovery; (5) class actions; (6) legal framework of product liability; (7) remedies and scope of relief; (8) the impact of civil juries.
到達目標 Students who complete the course will have an awareness of a limited subset of issues relevant to activity in the U.S.
教科書 In addition to assigned case readings, we will make reference to the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (
参考書・参考資料 同上
成績評価方法 Appraisal will be based on participation and a final examination. Participation will count toward 40%, and the final examination 60% of the final mark.
履修条件 There are no academic prerequisites for this course.
授業時間外学習の指示 Students will be assigned to prepare summary briefs of each case read, and an outline of rules covered in the course as a final submission.
質問への対応方法 Please contact the instructor by email.

Students must be prepared to adjust their study method and approach to unfamiliar structures, to read and analyze court decisions, to articulate their arguments in written and spoken English.

【遠隔授業の形式等】As the course involves the reading of US court judgments, we will proceed as follows:

The first session will be a training session on Jurism (, the platform that we will use for sharing course material.

Each following session will consist of two elements: (1) submission of case briefs on the items to be discussed; and (2) an online Zoom discussion of the materials at the scheduled class time.

Assessment will be based on participation and submitted materials.


1 Introduction Purpose of the course; format of sessions; arrangement of materials; survey of topics to be covered. Case reading. Prepare Palsgraf.
2 Negligence,causation, scope of duty 1. Palsgraf v. Long Island Railway, 248 N.Y. 339 (1928).

Case reading. Prepare Donoghue and Escola.
3 Negligence, warranty, & product liability (1) 1. Donoghue v. Stevenson, 1932 SC 31 (House of Lords).
2. Escola v. Coca Cola Bottling Co., 24 Cal. 2d 453 (Supreme Court 1944).

Case reading. Prepare McPherson and Unimac.
4 Negligence, warranty, & product liability (2) 1. Mcpherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 NY 382 (1916).
2. Rogers v. Unimac Co., 115 Ariz. 115 (1977).

Case reading. Prepare International Shoe.
5 Federal vs state jurisdiction; personal versus subejct matter jurisdiction 1. International Shoe Co. v. Washington, 326 US 310 (Supreme Court 1945).

Case reading. Prepare WW Volkswagen and Asahi.
6 Diversity jurisdiction, minimum contacts 1. World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson, 444 US 286 (Supreme Court 1980).
2. Asahi Metal Industry Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., Solano Cty., 480 US 102 (Supreme Court 1987).

Case reading. Prepare Erie and Hanna.
7 Applicable law 1. Erie R. Co. v. Tompkins, 304 US 64 (Supreme Court 1938).
2. Hanna v. Plumer, 380 US 460 (Supreme Court 1965).

Case reading. Prepare Amaya and Dillon.
8 Scope of duty and "emotional shock" (1) 1. Amaya v. Home Ice, Fuel & Supply Co., 379 P. 2d 513 (Supreme Court 1963).
2. Dillon v. Legg, 68 Cal. 2d 728 (Supreme Court 1968).

Case reading. Prepare selected portions of Alcock and White.
9 Scope of duty and "emotional shock" (2) 1. Alcock and others v Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police, 1 AC 310 (1992).
2. White and others v Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police and others, 2 AC 455 (1999).

Case reading. Prepare Amchem.
10 Class actions (1) 1. Amchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor, 521 US 591 (Supreme Court 1997).

Case reading. Prepare cases with particular attention ot Shady Grove and Szabo.
11 Class actions (2) 1. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Dabit, 547 US 71 (Supreme Court 2006).
2. Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Ins., 130 S. Ct. 1431 (Supreme Court 2010).
3. Szabo v. Bridgeport Machines, Inc., 249 F. 3d 672 (Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit 2001).

Case reading.Prepare Blonder-Tongue, Parkland and Sturgell. Prepare Parklane.
12 Res Judicata
2. Parklane Hosiery Co. v. Shore, 439 US 322 (Supreme Court 1979).

Case reading.

Prepare Blonder-Tongue and Taylor.


13 State and Federal proceedings

1. Blonder-Tongue Laboratories, Inc. v. University of Ill. Foundation, 402 US 313 (Supreme Court 1971).

2. Taylor v. Sturgell, 128 S. Ct. 2161 (Supreme Court 2008).

Case reading. Prepare Younger.
14 State and Federal proceedings 1. Younger v. Harris, 401 US 37 (Supreme Court 1971). Case reading.
15 Review session

Composite problems crossing the issues and rules reviewed during the course.


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