External Forces, Internal Dynamics: Foreign Legal Actors and Their Impact on Domestic Affairs

22 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2015 Last revised: 5 Nov 2015

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Jayanth K. Krishnan

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Vitor M. Dias

Department of Sociology, Indiana University-Bloomington

Martin Hevia

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Date Written: October 16, 2015

Abstract

This essay examines the influence of foreign legal actors on jurisdictions that are not their own. Rachel Stern, a scholar of China, reflects on this point in her groundbreaking book published in 2013. In her penultimate chapter, Stern discusses how such foreign legal actors wield influence in China because of their presence on-the-ground. Building off of Stern’s research, this essay proceeds to ask whether foreign legal actors can influence a domestic environment, when that environment prohibits them from permanently working there. The analysis below will suggest so, arguing that the forces of globalization can enable foreign legal actors to impact even a market that keeps its legal-services borders closed.

Keywords: China, Globalization, Lawyers, India, Foreign Law Firms

Suggested Citation

Krishnan, Jayanth K. and Martins Dias, Vitor and Hevia, Martin, External Forces, Internal Dynamics: Foreign Legal Actors and Their Impact on Domestic Affairs (October 16, 2015). Texas Law Review, Vol. 94, 2016; Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 332. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2675096

Jayanth K. Krishnan (Contact Author)

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Vitor Martins Dias

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Martin Hevia

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