Courts without Borders: Law, Politics, and US Extraterritoriality

Courts without Borders: Law, Politics, and US Extraterritoriality

by Tonya L. Putnam


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Courts without Borders is the first book to examine the politics of judicial extraterritoriality, with a focus on the world's chief practitioner: the United States. For much of the post-World War II era, the United States has been a frequent yet selective regulator of activities outside its territory, and US federal courts are often on the front line in deciding the extraterritorial reach of US law. At stake in these jurisdiction battles is the ability to bring the regulatory power of the United States to bear on transnational disputes in ways that other states frequently dislike both in principle and in practice. This volume proposes a general theory of domestic court behavior to explain variation in extraterritorial enforcement of US law, emphasizing how the strategic behavior of private actors is important to mobilizing courts and in directing their activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107137097
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/04/2016
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Tonya L. Putnam is Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, New York. She is a lawyer with experience in international public law litigation, and a member of the California State Bar.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. A theory of judicial extraterritoriality; 3. US domestic courts and transnational governance; 4. Extraterritoriality in the absence of agreement: international antitrust; 5. Extraterritoriality's limits and US bargaining over intellectual property protections; 6. US extraterritoriality and human rights: shaping a treaty regime from within; 7. The waning of US extraterritoriality?

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