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Recognizing and Enforcing Judgments from Foreign Countries

Recognizing and Enforcing Judgments from Foreign Countries

Learn about the doctrine of comity and how it supplies the framework for state and federal courts to recognize and enforce judgments from outside the United States.

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In this lesson, we'll study the rules by which courts in the United States decide whether to enforce civil judgments from foreign countries. For efficiency, we'll call these judgments extranational judgments.

Introduction to Comity

For the most part, full-faith-and-credit doctrine has nothing to do with recognizing and enforcing extranational judgments. Instead, these judgments are the subject of the separate doctrine of comity. The word comity, in its broadest sense, means mutual courtesy...