Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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This Note will first examine the development of "forum non conveniens" in Scotland, the country of the doctrine's origin. It will compare the doctrine to the traditional English policy of staying proceedings in situations involving vexation or oppression, and examine how the liberalization of the English policy has led ultimately to the recognition of forum non conveniens as an appropriate description for the factors an English court will consider prior to a dismissal or stay of an action. Similarly, the doctrine of forum non conveniens in the United States will be compared with the doctrines in the other two jurisdictions, with particular reference to the increasing propensity of United States courts to dismiss actions brought by foreign plaintiffs.