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Symposium: Fall 2012

Mass Torts in a Shrinking World
Journal of International Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School

 Friday, November 2, 2012
Michael A. Fitts Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Law School, presented in association with the International Human Rights Advocates and the International Law Organization


9:00 a.m.  Breakfast & Registration
9:15 a.m.  Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. Keynote: Dan Restrepo, Managing Director, Restrepo Strategies LLC 
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Vulnerability to Suit Amid Changing Doctrines

  • Is forum non conveniens still a viable option for large corporate defendants?
  • What are the effects of the evolution of attribution for jurisdictional purposes?
  • What is the impact of the Goodyear Dunlop ruling on general doing business jurisdiction?

Lonny Hoffman, Professor, University of Houston Law Center

Allen Stein, Professor, Rutgers University School of Law

James Brogan, DLA Piper

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Recognition in a Corrupt World

  •  How does current U.S. recognition law address intrinsic vs. extrinsic corruption in foreign proceedings?  How should it?
  • How can recognition best balance justice for parties against international sovereign egos?

Michael Traynor, Cobalt LLP

Neil Popovic, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

Theodore J. Folkman, Murphy & King, P.C.

1:30 p.m. - 2:15p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Panel 3: U.S. Courts as Arbiters of Global Human Rights Disputes 

  • How far should the extraterritorial reach of U.S. judgments extend?
  • How far should the extraterritorial reach of U.S. regulations extend?
  • To what extent should U.S. courts adjudicate human rights abuses that occur abroad?

John B. Bellinger III, Arnold & Porter, LLP

Vivian Curran, Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Roger Alford, Professor, University of Notre Dame Law School

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Panel 4: International Search for a Remedy

  •  Should U.S. companies lower standards abroad because doing so is not explicitly prohibited?
  • To what extent does international law arbitrate mass tort claims or other small claims of large classes of individuals?

Judith Kimerling, Professor, Queens College

Dr. Chiara Giorgetti, Professor, University of Richmond School of Law

Hernán Pérez Loose, Coronel & Pérez, Abogados

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception


This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of substantive law credit for Pennsylvania lawyers.  CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well.  Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring payment in the amount of $60 or $25 for public interest attorneys -cash or check- payable to “The Trustees of the University of

Cosponsored by the American Society of International Law.