Book Introduction: The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice

The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice (2019); ISBN 978-1-107-16285-3

U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-12

16 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2019

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Maya Steinitz

University of Iowa - College of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: March 28, 2019

Abstract

When multinational corporations cause mass harms to lives, livelihoods, and the environment in developing countries, it is nearly impossible for victims to find a court that can and will issue an enforceable judgment. In this work, Professor Maya Steinitz presents a detailed rationale for the creation of an International Court of Civil Justice (ICCJ) to hear such transnational mass tort cases. The world’s legal systems were not designed to solve these kinds of complex transnational disputes, and the absence of mechanisms to ensure coordination means that victims try, but fail, to find justice in country after country, court after court. The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice explains how the ICCJ would provide victims with access to justice and corporate defendants with a non-corrupt forum and an end to the cost and uncertainty of unending litigation – more efficiently resolving the most complicated types of civil litigation.

Keywords: business, human rights, forum non conveniens, foreign judgment enforcement, Kiobel, mass torts, corporate social responsibility, transnational litigation, B.P., Chevron, FDI, Foreign direct investment, human rights, environmental litigation, ATS, ATCA

Suggested Citation

Steinitz, Maya, Book Introduction: The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice (March 28, 2019). The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice (2019); ISBN 978-1-107-16285-3 , U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3361928

Maya Steinitz (Contact Author)

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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