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Making Transnational Law Work in the Global Economy
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This tribute to Professor Detlev Vagts of the Harvard Law School brings together his colleagues at Harvard and the American Society of International Law, as well as academics, judges and practitioners, many of them his former students. Their essays span the entire spectrum of modern transnational law: international law in general; transnational economic law; and transnational lawyering and dispute resolution. The contributors evaluate established fields of transnational law, such as the protection of property and investment, and explore new areas of law which are in the process of detaching themselves from the nation-state such as global administrative law and the regulation of cross-border lawyering. The implications of decentralised norm-making, the proliferation of dispute settlement mechanisms and the rising backlash against global legal interdependence in the form of demands for preserving state legal autonomy are also examined.


"No short review can do justice to the rich content and fine craftsmanship found in each contribution to this Festschrift,...each has ably demonstrated the full measure of his or her devotion to Vagts as professor, mentor, coauthor, colleague, and friend."
-Peter D. Trooboff,Covington & Burling LLP

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Bibliography of Detlev Vagts
Transnational Legal Problems, 1st edn. 1968, 2nd edn. 1976, 3rd edn. 1986, 4th edn. 1994 (Westbury, NY: Foundation Press) (with Steiner, Henry for 1st–3rd edn. and with Henry Steiner and Harold Hongju Ko for 4th edn.)
Basic Corporation Law, 1st edn. 1973, 2nd edn. 1979, 3rd edn. 1989 (Westbury, NY: Foundation Press)
Transnational Business Problems, 1st edn. 1986, 2nd edn. 1998, 3rd edn. 2003, 4th edn. 2008 (Westbury, NY: Foundation Press) (with Dodge, William and Koh, Harold Hongju)
Secured Transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code (Albany, NY: Matthew Bender & Co., 1963) (with Coogan, Peter and Hogan, William)
Demokratie, Marktwirtschaft und Recht/Democracy, Market Economy, and the Law (Heidelberg: Verlag Recht & Wirtschaft, 1995) (with Ebke, Werner)
International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, vol. XIII, Business and Private Organizations (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006) (with Conard, Alfred)
Freedom of Speech in the Armed Forces’, Columbia Law Review, 57 (1957), 187–218
The Corporate Alien. Definitional Questions in Federal Restraints on Foreign Enterprise’, Harvard Law Review, 74 (1961), 1489–1551
The United States of America's Treatment of Foreign Investment’, Rutgers Law Review, 17 (1963), 374–404
The Accounting Principles Board and Differences and Inconsistencies in Accounting Practice. An Interim Appraisal’, Law and Contemporary Problems, 30 (1965), 706–26 (with Sprouse, Robert)
The Impact of the Uniform Commercial Code on the Oil and Gas Mortgage’, Texas Law Review, 43 (1965), 825–41
The Logan Act. Paper Tiger or Sleeping Giant?’, American Journal of International Law, 60 (1966), 268–302
Reforming the “Modern” Corporation’, Harvard Law Review, 80 (1966), 23–89
The Multinational Enterprise. A New Challenge for Transnational Law’, Harvard Law Review, 83 (1970), 739–92
The Global Corporation and International Law’, Journal of International Law and the Economy, 6 (1972), 247–62
‘Law and Accounting in Business Associations and Private Organizations’, International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, XIII CL. 12A (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1972), 1–91
The Host Country Faces the Multinational Enterprise’, Boston University Law Review, 53 (1973), 261–77
‘Formal and Structural Problems of International Organization for Control of Investment’, in Wallace, Don (ed.), International Control of Investment. The Düsseldorf Conference on Multinational Corporations (New York: Praeger, 1974), 235–83
The Societas Europea. A Future Option for US Corporations?’, Business Lawyer, 29 (1974), 823–33 (with Wälde, Thomas)
‘American Restraints on Foreign Banks’, in Lutter, Marcus (ed.), Festschrift für Johannes Bärmann (Munich: C. H. Beck, 1975), 981–94
The Governance of the Corporation. The Options Available and the Power to Prescribe’, Business Lawyer, 31 (1976), 929–38
The “Other” Case Method. Education for Counting House and Court House Compared’, Journal of Legal Education, 28 (1977), 403–22
Coercion and Foreign Investment Rearrangements’, American Journal of International Law, 72 (1978), 17–36
‘Strict Equity, Law and the Corporation’, in Newman, R. (ed.), The Unity of Strict Law. A Comparative Study (Brussels: Bruylant, 1978), 35–54
‘Why Directors Need to Keep Records’, Harvard Business Review, (November–December 1978), 28
The Balance of Power in International Law. A History of an Idea’, American Journal of International Law, 73 (1979), 555–80 (with Vagts, Alfred)
European Perspectives. A Foreword’, Hastings Law Journal, 30 (1979), 1413–18
Legal Opinions in Quantitative Terms. The Lawyer as Haruspex or Bookie’, Business Lawyer, 34 (1979), 421–8
‘Railroads, Private Enterprise and Public Policy’, in Horn, N. and Kocka, J. (eds.), Law and the Formation of the Big Enterprises in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1979), 604–18
A Reply to A Critical Evaluation of the Mexican–American Transfer of Penal Sanctions Treaty’, Iowa Law Review, 64 (1979), 325–38
‘Sovereign Immunity Decisions of the Department of State, May 1952 to January 1977’, 1977 Digest of United States Practice in International Law (Washington, DC: Government Printing office, 1979), 1017–82 (with Sandler, Michael and Ristau, Bruno)
Trends in International Business Law. Towards a New Ethnocentricity?’, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, 1 (1979), 11–21
The United States and its Multinationals. Protection and Control’, Harvard Journal of International Law, 20 (1979), 235–51
‘Disclosure and the Multinational Enterprise. The Costs of Illumination’, in Horn, N. (ed.), Legal Problems of codes of conduct for Multinational Enterprise' (Deventer: Kluwer, 1980)
Are There No International Lawyers Anymore?’, American Journal of International Law, 75 (1981), 134–7
Multinational Corporations and International Guidelines’, Common Market Law Review, 18 (1981), 463–74
Canada's Foreign Investment Policy. An International Perspective’, Boston University International Law Journal, 1 (1982), 27–32
A Turnabout in Extraterritoriality’, American Journal of International Law, 76 (1982), 591–4
Challenges to Executive Compensation. For the Markets or the Courts?’, Journal of Corporation Law, 8 (1983), 231–76
The Scope of Application and Enforcement of US Law’, Wirtschaft und Recht, 35 (1983), 72–97
International Law under Time Pressure. Grading the Grenada Take-Home Examination’, American Journal of International Law, 78 (1984), 169–72
An Introduction to International Civil Practice’, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 17 (1984), 1–10
The Pipeline Controversy. An American Viewpoint’, German Yearbook of International Law, 27 (1984), 38–53
The Question of a Reference to International Obligations in the United Nations Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations. A Different View’ (New York: United Nations, 1986) (pamphlet)
Dispute-Resolution Mechanisms in International Business’, Hague RdC, 203 (1987), 1–94
Foreign Investment Risk Reconsidered. The View from the 1980s’, ICSID Review, 2 (1987) 1–18
‘Konzernrecht in den Vereinigten Staaten’, in Druey, J.-N. (ed.), Das St Galler Konzernrechtsgespräch (Bern and Stuttgart: Paul Haupt, 1988), 31–41
Going to Court, Internationally’, Michigan Law Review, 87 (1989), 1712–17, 1717
‘Risk Management in International Bank Financing and Payment’, in Horn, N. (ed.), Law of International Trade Finance, (Deventer: Kluwer, 1989), 23–37
Senate Materials and Treaty Interpretation. Some Research Hints for the Supreme Court’, American Journal of International Law, 83 (1989), 546–50
International Law in the Third Reich’, American Journal of International Law, 84 (1990), 661–704
The Leveraged Buyout and Management's Share’, Lake Forest Law Review, 25 (1990), 129–40
‘Introduction’, in Müller, I., Hitler's Justice. The Courts of the Third Reich (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991), 341–2
‘Balance of Power’ and ‘Minimum Standard’, in Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Bernhardt, Rudolf (ed.), EPIL, resp. vol. I and vol. III (Amsterdam and New York: North-Holland, 1992), resp. 313–15 and 468–70
Nationalism and International Lawyers. Centrifugal and Centripetal Forces in the International Legal System’, Thesaurus Acroasium, 19 (1992), 7–44
State Succession. The Codifiers’ View', Virginia Journal of International Law, 33 (1993), 275–97
Treaty Interpretation and the New American Ways of Law Reading’, European Journal of International Law, 4 (1993), 472–505
Repealing the Cold War’, American Journal of International Law, 88 (1994), 506–11
Wohin mit der beschränkten Haftung der Aktionäre’, Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht, 23 (1994), 227–336
‘The International Law Communications Network. Four Decades of Change’, in Beyerlin, U. (ed.), Recht zwischen Umbruch und Bewahrung. Festschrift für Rudolph Bernhardt (Berlin: Springer, 1995), 279–88
The Proposed Expatriation Tax. A Human Rights Violation?’, American Journal of International Law, 89 (1995), 578–80
The International Legal Profession. A Need for More Governance?’, American Journal of International Law, 90 (1996), 250–62
‘Rethinking the Conceptual Framework of Extraterritoriality Issues and the Methods for Resolving Conflicts’, in Young, M. K. and Iwasawa, Y. (eds.), Trilateral Perspectives on International Legal Issues. Relevance of Domestic Law and Policy (Irvington, NY: Transnational Publishers, 1996), 199–212
‘Bär and Karrer. Connecting Two Legal Systems’, in Vogt, N. (ed.), The International Practice of Law. Liber Amicorum for Thomas Bär and Robert Karrer (Basel: Helbing & Lichtenhahn, 1997), 247–62
Currency Translation Accounting’, Wirtschaftsprüfer Mitteilungen, 36 (special Issue, June 1997), 61–7
The Helms–Burton Act. Exercising the Presidential Option’, American Journal of International Law 91 (1997), 83–4 (with Meron, Theodor)
Switzerland, International Law and World War II’, American Journal of International Law 91 (1997), 466–75
Editorial Comment. Taking Treaties Less Seriously’, American Journal of International Law, 92 (1998), 458–62
International Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility’, American Society of International Law Proceedings, 92 (1998), 378–9
Neutrality Law in World War II’, Cardozo Law Review, 20 (1998), 459–82
Restitution for Historic Wrongs. The American Courts and International Law’, American Journal of International Law, 92 (1998), 232–5
The Traditional Legal Concept of Neutrality in a Changing World’, American University International Law Review, 14 (1998), 83–102
‘Das Gefälle bei den Gehältern von Spitzenmanager – Amerika gegen den Rest der Welt’, in Schneider, al. (eds.), Festschrift für Marcus Lutter zum 70. Geburtstag (Cologue: O. Schmidt, 2000), 767–77
The Hague Peace Conference and Arms Control’, American Journal of International Law, 94 (2000), 31–41
The Impact of Globalization on the Legal Profession’, European Journal of International Law, 2 (2000), 403–14
Professional Responsibility in Transborder Practice. Conflict and Resolution’, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 13 (2000), 677–98
‘Securities Regulation – An Introduction’, in Vagts, D. F. (ed.), Business and Private Organizations, vol. XIII, International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (Dordrecht: Mohr Siebeck and Martinus Nijhoff, 2000)
Hegemonic International Law’, American Journal of International Law, 95 (2001), 843–8
The Impact of Globalization on the Legal Profession’, EJLR, 2 (2000), 403–14, reprinted in Drolshammer, J. and Pfeifer, M. (eds.), The Internationalization of the Practice of Law (The Hague: Kluwer, 2001), 31–42
‘Trial and Sentencing of Prisoners of War’, Financial Times, 30 November 2001
The United States and its Treaties. Observance and Breach’, American Journal of International Law, 95 (2001), 313–34
Carl Schmitt in Context. Reflections on a Symposium’, Cardozo Law Review, 23 (2002), 2157–63
‘Comparative Company Law – The New Wave’, in Schweizer, R. J, Burkert, H. and Gasser, U. (eds.), Festschrift für Nicolas Druey zum 65. Geburtstag (Zurich: Schulthess, 2002), 595–605
Litigating the Nazi Labor Claims. The Path not Taken’, Harvard Journal of International Law, 43 (2002), 503–31 (with Murray, Peter), German trans., Zeitschrift für Zivilprozessrecht International, 7 (2002), 333–68
Ajuri v. IDF Commander in West Bank. Case No. HCJ 7015/02’, American Journal of International Law, 97 (2003), 173–5
Extraterritoriality and the Corporate Governance Law’, American Journal of International Law, 97 (2003), 289–94
The Ideology and Politics of American Tort Litigation’, Bitburger Gespräche, 61 (2003), 61–70
The UN Norms for Transnational Corporations’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 16 (2003), 795–802
Which Courts Should Try Persons Accused of Terrorism?’, European Journal of International Law, 14 (2003), 313–26
International Relations Looks at Customary International Law. A Traditionalist's Defence’, European Journal of International Law, 15 (2004), 1031–40
Restricting Business in the Public Interest’, Europarecht, 1 (2004) 51–60
Sovereign Bankruptcy, In re Germany (1963), In re Iraq (2004)’, American Journal of International Law, 98 (2004), 302–6
Speaking Law to Power. Lawyers and Torture’, American Journal of International Law, 98 (2004), 689–95 (with Bilder, Richard)
Essay in Honor of Oscar Schachter, Rebus Revisited. Changed Circumstances in Treaty Law’, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 43 (2005), 459–76
‘American International Law. A Sonderweg?’, in Dicke, K., Hobe, S., Meyn, K. O., Peters, A., Riedel, E., Schütz, H. J. and Tietje, C. (eds.), Weltinnenrecht. Liber Amicorum Jost Delbrück (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2005), 835–47
The Governance of the Multinational’, Wisconsin International Law Journal, 23 (2005), 525–40
Military Commission Law’, The Army Lawyer, 47 (December 2005), 47–53 (with Fidell, Eugene and Sullivan, Dwight)
‘Transnational Litigation and Professional Ethics’, in Legum, B. (ed.), International Litigation Strategies and Practice (Chicago, IL: ABA Publishing, 2005), 25–31
International Economic Law and the American Journal of International Law’, American Journal of International Law, 100 (2006), 769–82
“War” in the American Legal System’, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, 12 (2006), 541–6
‘Balance of Powers’, in Wolfrum, R. (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, 3rd edn. (Oxford University Press, 2007),
Military Commissions. A Concise History’, American Journal of International Law, 101 (2007), 35–48
Military Commissions. The Forgotten Reconstruction Chapter’, American University International Law Review, 23 (2008), 231–74
Political Threats to Overseas Scholars’, Fletcher Forum, 32 (2008), 181–8
The Financial Meltdown and its International Implications’, American Journal of International Law, 103 (2009), 684–91
‘Foreword to the Backlash against Investment Arbitration’, in Waibel, M., Kaushal, A., Chung, K.-H. L. and Balchin, C. (eds.), The Backlash against Investment Arbitration. Perceptions and Reality (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2010), xxiii–xxvi.
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