Past Event

Conflicts of Law and the Abortion War Between States

March 31, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 602

The Supreme Court's Dobbs abortion decision has created perhaps the biggest set of nationwide conflicts-of-law problems since the era of the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War.  Practically every aspect of the new abortion legal landscape is now characterized by uncertainty, creating potential constitutional and federal preemption questions, state v. state jurisdiction, choice-of-law, and judgment recognition issues, and new concerns based on various forms of private regulation related to abortion access.  In this talk, Professor Paul Schiff Berman (George Washington University), a leading scholar on the interaction of legal systems, surveys the current state of the law with regard to how such conflicts-of-law questions might be resolved in the abortion context. 

This event is organized by Columbia's Reproductive Justice Collective and Columbia Law School's If/When/How Chapter and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

Contact Information

Lilia Hadjiivanova