2009 Forum Review

Columbia Law School Magazine: Forum Analyzes the Current State of Global Litigation

Columbia Law School and Robert L. Lieff ’61 of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein sponsored a gathering of lawyers, judges, government officials, and academics in October to discuss global litigation in a post-economic crisis world. The two-day forum, titled Global Litigation in a Post-Crisis Economic World, focused on financial fraud affecting investors across borders, as well as antitrust litigation, mass torts, and class actions. Panelists also discussed the role of mediation and arbitration in disagreements triggered by the economic downturn and the growing anti-litigation culture in Europe and elsewhere.

The 200 attendees shared a variety of experiences, from jurisdictions with highly developed torts law regimes to nations where addressing wrongs with class action suits is a burgeoning idea. Columbia Law School participants included Professor John C. Coffee Jr., the forum’s keynote speaker, and Professors Merritt B. Fox, George A. Bermann, and Hans Smit, who served on various panels throughout the event.