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Why is the U.S. Abdicating the Policing of Multinational Corporations to Europe?: Extraterritorialism, Sovereignty, and the Alien Tort Statute


Jodie A. Kirshner


University of Cambridge

August 1, 2011

Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), Vol. 29, No. 2, 2012
University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 16/2012

Abstract:     
The United States has policed the multinational effects of multinational corporations more aggressively than any other coun-try, 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 United States in a globalizing world and its role in upholding international norms.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 70

Keywords: Extraterritorial jurisdiction, Alien Tort Statute, Corporate groups, Multinational firms, Corporate veil, European Union, Corporate crime, National sovereignty, Human rights

JEL Classification: F23, F40, H73, K2, L22, O19, P50

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Date posted: November 8, 2011 ; Last revised: June 26, 2012

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Kirshner, Jodie A., Why is the U.S. Abdicating the Policing of Multinational Corporations to Europe?: Extraterritorialism, Sovereignty, and the Alien Tort Statute (August 1, 2011). Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), Vol. 29, No. 2, 2012; University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 16/2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1956520

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Cambridge, CB3 0DS
United Kingdom
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