Centre for the Study of European Contract Law

L&J lecture: Prof. Maya Steinitz (University of Iowa College of Law)

24Jan2019 15:30 - 17:00


This book presentation on 'The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice' (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, Dec. 2018) is part of the L&J lecture series.


The book argues that we live in a world in which the victims of cross-border mass torts de facto lack a court to turn to in order to pursue legal action against multinational corporations responsible for disasters, atrocities, and other harms. And even though tort victims ultimately receive no redress, corporations must nonetheless spend large sums to defend against sprawling, parallel litigations. The only way to provide a fair, legitimate, and efficient process for both victims and corporations is to create an International Court of Civil Justice (ICCJ). The book presents both justice-based and economics-based arguments in favor of an ICCJ. Closely associated with the economic arguments is a broader explanation for why the proposal is not only timely but also, perhaps counterintuitively, politically viable. The book also provides a procedural and institutional design for such a court, addressing such issues as personal and subject-matter jurisdiction, remedies, appeal, preclusion, and judicial independence.

The speaker

Maya Steinitz is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a Professor of Law and Bouma Family Fellow in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. Her research focuses on a wide range of topics including the intersection of civil litigation and corporate law, public and business international law, transnational dispute resolution, and the global legal profession. Her articles have been published by leading law reviews and law journals published by Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Oxford University, and others. Prior to joining the University of Iowa College of Law Professor Steinitz held a dual appointment as an Associate-in-Law and Lecturer at Columbia Law School (2009-2011). She has taught courses in comparative law, international law, and international dispute resolution at Columbia Law School, Tel Aviv University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining Columbia Law School, Professor Steinitz served as a litigator at Latham & Watkins, LLP (2003-2009) and Flemming, Zulack & Williamson LLP (2001-2002). She also clerked for the Hon. Esther Hayut, currently the Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court (1998-1999).

More information on Maya Steinitz can be found here.


The event is open to the public. Please, register via lawandjustice-fdr@uva.nl

Registered attendees receive the speaker’s paper.


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