Jodie KIRSHNER, “Why is the U.S. abdicating the policing of multinational corporations to Europe?: Extraterritorialism, sovereignty, and the Alien Tort Statute”
The U.S. has policed the multinational effects of multinational
corporations more aggressively than any other country, but recent decisions
under the Alien Tort Statute indicate that it is now backtracking. Europe,
paradoxically, is moving in the other direction. Why do some countries
retract extraterritorial jurisdiction while others step forward? The
article traces the opposing trends through corporate human rights cases and
suggests that the answer may lie in attitudes towards national sovereignty.
The developments raise important questions regarding the position of the
U.S. in a globalizing world and its role in upholding international norms.
Where? At room H202A, 28 rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris
When? May 4th, 12:30 to 2:30pm
Jodie Adams Kirshner is a University Lecturer in Corporate Law, a fellow of Peterhouse College, Cambridge and the Deputy Director of the Cambridge Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law. She has completed research fellowships at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and the Cambridge Centre for Business Research as a Fulbright Scholar, the London Business School Centre for Corporate Governance, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and graduate degrees from Columbia University in New York.