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Tug of War: The Tension Between Regulation and International Cooperation

Octo­ber 25, 2012

The Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics host­ed the eigh­teenth annu­al Her­bert Rubin And Jus­tice Rose Lut­tan Rubin Inter­na­tion­al Law Sym­po­sium, enti­tled Tug of War: The Ten­sion Between Reg­u­la­tion and Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion. The sym­po­sium was co-spon­sered by the NYU Cen­ter for Transna­tion­al Lit­i­ga­tion and Com­mer­cial Law and the NYU Inter­na­tion­al Law Soci­ety.

Tug of War: The Ten­sion Between Reg­u­la­tion and Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion was be an all day event fea­tur­ing sev­er­al promi­nent prac­ti­tion­ers and aca­d­e­mics, as well as for­mer U.K. Supreme Court Jus­tice Lord Collins of Mapes­bury and Judge Diane P. Wood of the Unit­ed States Court of Appeals, Sev­enth Circuit.

The sym­po­sium exam­ined how U.S. courts bal­ance our reg­u­la­to­ry inter­est against the need for inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion in the con­text of transna­tion­al lit­i­ga­tion. While a bal­ance is crit­i­cal through­out the lit­i­ga­tion process, the symo­sium fea­tured three pan­els that focused on sit­u­a­tions where this ten­sion is most con­tro­ver­sial: (1) forum non con­ve­niens dis­missal, (2) the appli­ca­tion of for­eign law, and (3) judg­ment enforce­ment and recog­ni­tion.  Each pan­el ques­tioned whether the sta­tus quo is work­ing and the extent to which it can be improved through changes in prac­tices and pro­ce­dures.  After the pan­el dis­cus­sions, Lord Lawrence Collins of Mapes­bury spoke on the effect of cor­rup­tion in for­eign courts.

The Jour­nal would like to thank Pro­fes­sor Lin­da Sil­ber­man and Pro­fes­sor Fran­co Fer­rari for their gen­er­ous help orga­niz­ing this excit­ing event.

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