Sessions Information

  • January 7, 2011
    8:30 am - 10:15 am
    Session Type: AALS Hot Topic Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Room: Yosemite C
    Floor: Ballroom Level

    How far does (and should) U.S. law reach in regulating conduct or transactions that take place overseas?  This question of the “extraterritorial” application of U.S. law arises in a wide range of contexts, including the regulation of international economic markets, human-rights litigation, jurisdiction over terrorist acts abroad, and the availability of constitutional protections in connection with the “war on terror.”  In its June 2010 opinion in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, which limited the application of antifraud provisions under U.S. securities law to transactions taking place in the United States, the Supreme Court articulated an unexpectedly expansive version of the “presumption against extraterritoriality,” a rule of statutory construction.  Lower courts have already applied this revamped presumption to other statutes, such as RICO.  And, ruling on another issue with far-reaching implications, the Second Circuit recently addressed the respective roles of national and international law in defining the scope of corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute for human rights violations abroad. The panelists will use Morrison as the starting point to address shifting understandings of the geographic reach of American law and the role of national law in an increasingly global system.


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Session Speakers
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Moderator and Speaker

SMU Dedman School of Law

University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Session Fees

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