Mass Torts In a Shrinking World – A Symposium
"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