Archive for the ‘National Interest’ Category

Privacy, Shmrivacy

June 11, 2013

For those who slept in or don’t have internet access: You may have missed the media fire-storm surrounding Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former NSA contractor, most recently employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, who shared hacked liberated divulged details on the agency’s call tracking program and another program called PRISM, which gathers Internet data on foreign citizens suspected of terror links.

Traitor or Patriot? The debate rages on. (more…)

Cassandra Burke Robertson on "Transnational Litigation and Institutional Choice"

April 20, 2010
 Cassandra Burke Robertson (Case Western Reserve University – School of Law) has a post on SSRN entitled:“Transnational Litigation and Institutional Choice “, Boston College Law Review, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2010/Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-13 . Here is the abstract:

When U.S. corporations cause harm abroad, should foreign plaintiffs be allowed to sue in the United States? Federal courts are increasingly saying no. The courts have expanded the doctrines of forum non conveniens and prudential standing to dismiss a growing number of transnational cases. This restriction of court access has sparked considerable tension in international relations, as a number of other nations view such dismissals as an attempt to insulate U.S. corporations from liability. A growing number of countries have responded by enacting retaliatory legislation that may ultimately harm U.S. interests. This article argues that the judiciary’s restriction of access to federal courts ignores important foreign relations, trade, and regulatory considerations. The article applies institutional choice theory to recommend a process by which the three branches of government can work together to establish a more coherent court-access policy for transnational cases.

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