• Kirk Hartley

Mass Torts In a Shrinking World – A Symposium

From OpinioJuris:

"The University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law will host a symposium entitled: Mass Torts in a Shrinking World, November 2, 2012. You can find the program here."

The agenda also is pasted below, and includes some interesting questions/topics.

9:00 a.m. Breakfast & Registration

9:30 a.m. Opening Keynote

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Vulnerability to Suit Amid Changing Doctrines

Is forum non conveniens still a viable option for large corporate defendants?

What are the effects of the evolution of attribution for jurisdictional purposes?

What is the impact of the Goodyear Dunlop ruling on general doing business jurisdiction?

Lonny Hoffman, Professor, University of Houston Law Center

Allen Stein, Professor, Rutgers University School of Law

James Brogan, DLA Piper

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Recognition in a Corrupt World

How does current U.S. recognition law address intrinsic vs. extrinsic corruption in foreign proceedings? How should it?

How can recognition best balance justice for parties against international sovereign egos?

Michael Traynor, Cobalt LLP

Neil Popovic, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

Theodore J. Folkman, Murphy & King, P.C.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15p.m. Lunch

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Panel 3: U.S. Courts as Arbiters of Global Human Rights Disputes

How far should the extraterritorial reach of U.S. judgments extend?

How far should the extraterritorial reach of U.S. regulations extend?

To what extent should U.S. courts adjudicate human rights abuses that occur abroad?

John B. Bellinger III, Arnold & Porter, LLP

Vivian Curran, Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Roger Alford, Professor, University of Notre Dame Law School

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Panel 4: International Search for a Remedy

Should U.S. companies lower standards abroad because doing so is not explicitly prohibited?

To what extent does international law arbitrate mass tort claims or other small claims of large classes of individuals?

Judith Kimerling, Professor, Queens College

Dr. Chiara Giorgetti, Professor, University of Richmond School of Law

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