Christopher A. Whytock
Professor of Law
Joint appointment in Law and Political Science
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 of the UCI Center in Law, Society and Culture and the John & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law.
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 or is forthcoming 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).
In 2013, Professor Whytock was appointed by the American Law Institute to serve as an adviser on the jurisdiction and enforcement section of the new Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.
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.
Procedural Analysis, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Foreign Relations Law, International Law, International Legal Analysis, International Relations Theory, Conflict of Laws
- Foreign Sovereign Immunity and Comparative Institutional Competence, 163 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2014)
- Foreign State Immunity and the Right to Court Access, 93 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 2033 (2013)
- Understanding Conflict of Laws (Fourth Edition) (with William M. Richman & William L. Reynolds) (2013)
- Some Cautionary Notes on the “Chevronization” of Transnational Litigation, 1 STANFORD JOURNAL OF COMPLEX LITIGATION 467 (2013) (invited symposium article)
- After Kiobel: International Human Rights Litigation in State Courts and Under State Law, 3 UC IRVINE LAW REVIEW 1 (2013) (foreword to symposium issue)(with Donald Earl Childress III and Michael D. Ramsey)
- Kiobel Insta-Symposium: After Kiobel: Human Rights Litigation in State Courts and Under State Law
- Forum Non Conveniens and the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, 111 COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW 1444 (2011) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson)
- The Evolving Forum Shopping System, 96 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 481 (2011)
- The New Multipolarity in Transnational Litigation: Foreign Courts, Foreign Judgments, and Foreign Law, 18 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 31 (2011) (symposium contribution, with Marcus S. Quintanilla)
- Transnational Judicial Governance, 2 ST. JOHN'S JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW 55 (2012) (symposium contribution)
- Private-Public Interaction in Global Governance: The Case of Transnational Commercial Arbitration, BUSINESS & POLITICS, Vol. 12, No. 3 (2010) (peer reviewed)
- Foreign Law in Domestic Courts: Different Uses, Different Implications, in GLOBALIZING JUSTICE: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSNATIONAL LAW AND THE CROSS-BORDER MIGRATION OF LEGAL NORMS (Donald W. Jackson, Michael Tolley & Mary Volcansek, eds.) (2010) (peer edited)
- Myth of Mess? International Choice of Law in Action, 84 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 719 (2009)
- Domestic Courts and Global Governance, 84 TULANE LAW REVIEW 69 (2009)
- Prof. Whytock's Scholarly Papers on SSRN
- 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