RICO and International Legal Ethics

14 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2014 Last revised: 21 Aug 2015

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Christina Parajon Skinner

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Date Written: September 16, 2014


Despite the proliferation of international and transnational litigation in recent years, rules governing the ethical conduct of international lawyers remain practically non-existent. International lawyers, like any other counsel, are not immune to ethical lapses and have frequently engaged in fraudulent and unprofessional behavior. In this Essay, I discuss how national legal systems can fill these regulatory gaps. To illustrate the point, I consider a recent case in which a U.S. federal district court applied a federal law — the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) — to an American lawyer’s misconduct in a transnational case, Chevron v. Donziger.

Suggested Citation

Skinner, Christina Parajon, RICO and International Legal Ethics (September 16, 2014). 40 Yale J. Int’l L. Online 20 (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2496951

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