Strategic civil litigation is being increasingly employed to protect public interests in the context of trans-border problems. The civil complaint brought by Mexico against Smith & Wesson and other gun manufacturers in the District Court of Massachusetts presents a distinct model within this broader trend for two main reasons: the appearance of Mexico in its sovereign capacity and the tort-based formulation of its claims, which eschews international human rights law.
This event will therefore address the potential implications of this case within transnational corporate liability for gun control and other areas. Topics discussed will include issues of jurisdiction, admissibility and applicable law related to Mexico’s seisin of the U.S. court system, as well as derivative modes of corporate liability such as complicity. Additionally, speakers will broach the extraterritorial obligations of companies in respect to damage involving their products occurring across borders, including obligations arising out of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and the law relating to the arms trade.
When? May 2, 2022, 4pm
- H.E. José Antonio Zabalogitia, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
- Dr. León Castellanos-Jankiewicz Researcher in International Law, Asser Institute
- Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn, Chair of Arms Control Law, University of Amsterdam
- Mr. Alejandro Celorio Alcántara, Principal Legal Advisor to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Prof. Carlos M. Vázquez, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
- Prof. Leila Sadat, James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, Washington University in St Louis
- Dr. Christian Schliemann, Senior Legal Advisor, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights
- Dr. Dalia Palombo, Assistant Professor, Tilburg University
- Dr. Marina Aksenova, Assistant Professor, IE University Law School, Madrid