Professor Emeritus William C. Banks will be among the presenters at the University of Georgia School of Law conference on “The Law and Logics of Attribution: Constructing the Identity and Responsibility of States and Firms.” The conference will be held online via Zoom on Sept. 11 and 18, 2020, from 1 to 5 p.m. both days.

Also sponsored by The American Society of International Law International Legal Theory Interest Group and the Dean Rusk International Law Center, the conference will ask, “When private companies perform governmental functions and governments own companies, which acts should be attributed to the state? Which should be attributed to the corporation? And whose religious beliefs, speech rights, and moral standing can those entities claim?”

In international law, scholars and practitioners struggle to attribute rights and responsibilities between state and private entities in areas as diverse as military contracting, environmental accountability, human rights, international investment, cyberespionage, and warfare. In the corporate governance realm, attributing responsibility to entities is increasingly challenging in the context of globally dispersed corporate families with intricate parent-subsidiary structures.

This conference will draw together corporate and international legal scholars, as well as thinkers outside the law, in order to consider theoretical and doctrinal approaches to attribution, potential consequences of these approaches, and whether they may reconcile the ambiguities and deficiencies that drive current debates.

 

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