The October argument of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum at the Supreme Court raised important and complex questions regarding the extraterritorial application of American law. One aspect of the case that has received relatively little scholarly or jurisprudential attention is the concept of extraterritoriality in international and comparative law.
On Nov. 15 and 16 the University of Maryland Carey School of Law's International & Comparative Law Program and the Maryland Journal of International Law will bring together a diverse group of international lawyers, scholars, and practitioners from around the world to discuss the issue of extraterritoriality. The topic will be broken into discussions of jurisdictions, human rights, business law, and general international legal theory.
The keynote speaker on the evening of Nov. 15 is Ralph Steinhardt, professor of Law and International Affairs at George Washington University School of Law. A luncheon address on Nov. 16 will be given by Marco Simons, legal director of Earth Rights International.
Kiobel's outcome is likely to have a significant and lasting impact on the meaning, scope and application of the doctrine of extraterritoriality in both U.S. and international law. The papers presented at the conference will subsequently be published in the next volume of the Maryland Journal of International Law.