U.S. discovery has long been a troublesome issue between the U.S. and civil-law nations. The passage of the Hague Convention on Evidence might have brought much-needed relief, but U.S. courts minimized its effects, favoring continued use of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Civil-law states passed blocking statutes or their equivalents as they sought to protect what they considered to be fundamental values of privacy and national sovereignty. With the rise of transnational litigation, Section 1782 discovery was intended to provide assistance to foreign courts and parties in litigation abroad by opening certain discovery channels in the U. S. to them. Misunderstanding has arisen also with respect to this law. Taking France as an example, I try to explain the differing conceptions.
Curran, Vivian Grosswald
"U.S. Discovery in a Transnational and Digital Age and the Increasing Need for Comparative Analysis,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 51
, Article 9.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/akronlawreview/vol51/iss3/9