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Pepperdine Hosts Transnational Litigation Colloquium

The Pepperdine Law Review hosted a colloquium on Current and Future Trends in Transnational Litigation on April 21 at the School of Law. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform.

From the Alien Tort Statute, to the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, to the application of U.S. federal and state law to activities occurring abroad, U.S. courts are being thrust into interpreting questions of international law. Leading academics explored these emergent issues in two panels: “Think Globally, Sue Locally” and “The Future of Transnational Litigation.”

This colloquium uniquely explored the issues related to this transnational litigation explosion by bringing together leading academics, practitioners, and federal and state judges to discuss the present state of affairs and what the future may bring,” said Trey Childress, associate professor of law and the colloquium facilitator. 

The speakers included Mike Ramsey, professor of law at the University of San Diego, Alan Sykes, James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law at Stanford University, and Justice Victoria Chaney, an associate justice in the California Court of Appeal. In her keynote address, Justice Chaney spoke on her role in key, precedent-setting transnational cases with global reach, such as the Dole banana case.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform is a national campaign representing the nation’s business community with the mission of making America’s legal system simpler, fairer, and faster for everyone.

The Pepperdine Law Review is a scholarly legal journal edited and published by students selected on the basis of scholarship and the ability to do creative research and writing. Students write comments and notes on legal developments and significant cases, as well as edit the lead articles and book reviews written by professors, lawyers, judges, legislators, and other scholars. 

Learn more about the event.