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Redefining general jurisdiction in the US post Daimler

Event Details

Time: 16:45-18:15 (followed by a drinks reception)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

In the landmark case Daimler v. Bauman (134 S.Ct. 746 (2014)), the US Supreme Court restricted general jurisdiction of US courts over corporate defendants. Following arguments it expressed earlier in Goodyear, it ruled that Daimler is not amenable to suit in California, where it owns a subsidiary, for activities that took place outside the forum. The judgment puts an end to the long-accepted all-purpose jursidcition criteria of "doing business" and "continous and systematic activities" in the forum.

Professor Linda Silberman will explain the implications of the Daimler decision and raise open questions on general jurisdiction over foreign corporations. The commentators will evaluate the redefined US jurisdiction criteria from a UK and EU perspective.

Confirmed participants


  • Lord Collins of Mapesbury, former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom


  • Linda Silberman, Martin Lipton Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law, New York University School of Law


  • Alexander Layton QC, 20 Essex Street
  • Dr Hélène van Lith, ICC and Sciences Po Paris

This event has been convened by Dr Eva Lein, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

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