Christopher A. Whytock

Professor of Law

Joint appointment in Law and Political Science

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Transnational litigation, international law, conflict of laws, empirical legal studies


Christopher Whytock is Professor of Law  and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and a faculty affiliate and member of the advisory board of the UCI Center in Law, Society and Culture.

In 2013, the American Law Institute appointed Professor Whytock to serve as an adviser on the new Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, and in 2014 the ALI appointed him to serve as an associate reporter for the new Restatement (Third) of Conflict of Laws.

Professor Whytock’s research focuses on transnational litigation, conflict of laws, international law, and the role of domestic law and domestic courts in global governance. His scholarship has appeared in law journals including Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, New York University Law Review and University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and peer-reviewed social science journals including International Security. He is a co-author of the casebook Transnational Law and Practice (forthcoming, with Donald E. Childress III and Michael D. Ramsey) and the book Understanding Conflict of Laws (Fourth Edition) (with William M. Richman & William L. Reynolds).

Professor Whytock has taught courses on international law, civil procedure, conflict of laws, foreign relations law, international relations theory, and business associations.

Professor Whytock previously taught at the University of Utah College of Law and practiced law as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University; his J.D. and M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law; and his B.A. in political science from UCLA.

Current Courses:

Procedural Analysis

Prior Courses

Procedural Analysis, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Foreign Relations Law, International Law, International Legal Analysis, International Relations Theory, Conflict of Laws

Recent Publications

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • April 15, 2014
    “Foreign Sovereign Immunity and Comparative Institutional Competence,” to be presented at Faculty Workshop Series, Florida International University College of Law, Miami, FL
  • March, 28 2014
    “Foreign Sovereign Immunity and Comparative Institutional Competence,” to be presented at International Law Colloquium Series, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA
  • February 2014
    “Faith and Skepticism in Private International Law: Trust, Governance, Politics,” presented at Bay Area Civil Procedure Forum, San Francisco, CA
  • June 2013
    “Governance Values and Rights Values in EU and U.S. Foreign Judgment Enforcement Law,” presented at European Research Council Conference on the Transformation of Enforcement: European Economic Law in Global Perspective, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • April 2013
    “A Natural Experiment in Comparative Institutional Competence: The State Department, the Courts, and Foreign Sovereign Immunity,” presented at annual meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Feb. 8, 2013:
    Panelist, Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation "Lessons from Chevron" Symposium
  • March 30, 2012:
    Panelist, "Chevron-Ecuador: The Jarndyce v. Jarndyce of the 21st Century," American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • March 2, 2012:
    Human Rights Litigation Symposium at UCI Law, organizer

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