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Courts without Borders
Law, Politics, and U.S. Extraterritoriality

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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107137097

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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.

    • The first book to examine the US politics of judicial extraterritoriality
    • Proposes and tests a general theory of domestic court behavior to explain variation in extraterritorial enforcement of US law
    • Incorporates extensive description of how the US legal system functions using institutional and historical methods
    • Emphasizes the how the strategic behavior of private actors is important to mobilizing courts and in directing their activities
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Courts without Borders makes sense of puzzling patterns in US courts’ decisions to assert domestic law internationally. Tonya Putnam shows that courts avoid doing so when it would undercut the public policy purposes the law is intended to serve and when rights at the core of American political identity are threatened. Her book is a masterful and compelling account of the politics and principles that support and restrain the long arm of American law overseas."
    Beth Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    "This is an important study of critical but understudied questions - when, how, and why do US courts bring US law to bear on persons and conduct outside US territory and how do these decisions affect international outcomes? Putnam's book is lucid, compelling, and extraordinarily well-grounded in empirical details. This is one of the best books to appear on issues of transnational law and governance in recent years."
    Eric Voeten, Peter F. Krogh Associate Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice, Georgetown University, Washington DC

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107137097
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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?

  • Author

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

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