September 15, 2017

Speaker Reports

Deardorff on Press and Fitzmaurice, “Capitalism and Sovereign Rights”

On Friday, November 17, 2017, Steven Press, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, and Andrew Fitzmaurice, a Professor of History at the University of Sydney, presented their works on corporations and colonization to the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law. Both professors’ works focused on the late 19th and early 20th centuries Read more about Deardorff on Press and Fitzmaurice, “Capitalism and Sovereign Rights”[…]

ExxonMobil Private Empire

The Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law welcomed keynote speaker, Steve Coll to Duke for a talk on “The World According to ExxonMobil.” Coll is Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism at Columbia University’s Journalism School, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil Read more about ExxonMobil Private Empire[…]

Steve Coll discusses “the World according to ExxonMobil”

“ExxonMobil does not make decisions based on what is good for the U.S. It makes decisions based on what is good for its stakeholders.” Steve Coll, the Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor at the Columbia Journalism School, as well as the author of “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power,” spoke about ExxonMobil’s past and Read more about Steve Coll discusses “the World according to ExxonMobil”[…]

Khalid on Coll, “The World According to Exxon Mobil”

Steve Coll visited the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law on Friday, November 7, 2017, to deliver the seminar’s keynote titled “The World According to Exxon Mobil.” Coll currently serves as the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as well as a staff writer for The New Yorker. Coll has Read more about Khalid on Coll, “The World According to Exxon Mobil”[…]

Steve Coll Presents Keynote at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law at Duke University

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law at Duke University welcomed Pulitzer-prize winning New Yorker Journalist and Dean of the Columbia Journalism School Steve Coll to give the seminar’s keynote lecture. More than 150 people filled the lecture hall in Rubenstein Library to hear Coll speak on the Read more about Steve Coll Presents Keynote at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law at Duke University[…]

Addressing Corporate Sovereigns As Foreign Policy Actors: A Conversation With Steve Coll On ExxonMobil’s “Private Empire”

Throughout the speaker series in the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law, the cohort has continuously questioned the implications that arise when corporations wield more power than governments. Through a conversation on November 7th with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, this conversation continued with a particular focus on multinational corporations essentially adopting their Read more about Addressing Corporate Sovereigns As Foreign Policy Actors: A Conversation With Steve Coll On ExxonMobil’s “Private Empire”[…]

Stewart on Barkan and Ciepley

Joshua Barkan, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Georgia, and David Ciepley, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver, joined us for the fourth meeting of the Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law at Duke University this past Friday, November 3, 2017.  Each professor presented on a paper they Read more about Stewart on Barkan and Ciepley[…]

Khalid on Barkan and Ciepley, “Corporate Sovereignty”

Joshua Barkan and David Ciepley visited the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law on Friday, November 3, 2017 to discuss the topic of corporate sovereignty. Barkan discussed his ideas regarding corporate sovereignty through the framework of his paper Property and Sovereignty: Political Territoriality and the Corporate Control of Land. Ciepley addressed his position Read more about Khalid on Barkan and Ciepley, “Corporate Sovereignty”[…]

Ciepley and Barkan on Territoriality

Last Friday in the Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Joshua Barkan and David Ciepley came to discuss their upcoming articles. In his paper, “Property and Sovereignty: Political Territoriality and the Corporate Control of Land,” Barkan explored the connection between territoriality and sovereign power. In his paper, he used the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s leasing of land Read more about Ciepley and Barkan on Territoriality[…]

DiSalvo on Barkan and Ciepley

On November 3rd, 2017, Professor Joshua Barkan of the University of Georgia and Professor David Ciepley of the University of Denver presented Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law at Duke University. Together, they broadly presented on the topic of corporations and sovereignty. Professor Ciepley specifically discussed his working paper Three Corporate Ages and the Read more about DiSalvo on Barkan and Ciepley[…]

Walburn on Barkan and Ciepley

This week Joshua Barkan and David Ciepley came to discuss corporate sovereignty. Both of these scholars noted how corporations function as an alternative modality of sovereign governance. Barkan explained that corporations act in relation to, different than, and in tension with states. As a geographer, he is especially interested in the territorial aspects of corporate Read more about Walburn on Barkan and Ciepley[…]

Two Opposing Visions of Corporate Sovereignty

On November 3rd Joshua Barkan and David Ciepley presented their papers at the Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law on corporate sovereignty and its relationship to international law. Both papers shared the same thematic emphasis on how corporate power is manifested and maintained in relation to state power, and how the two can even Read more about Two Opposing Visions of Corporate Sovereignty[…]

Examining the Relationship Between States & Corporations Through the Lens of Territoriality

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Joshua Barkan and David Ciepley were the guests of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law. Barkan and Ciepley were the first guests of the seminar to explicitly bring together its two named subjects: corporations and international law. Barkan, a geographer at the University of Georgia, discussed his Read more about Examining the Relationship Between States & Corporations Through the Lens of Territoriality[…]

Kretek Capitalism & Tobacco Tactics: Influence, Narratives, and Regulation

The third meeting of the Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law welcomed Professor Marina Welker, of Cornell University, and Professor Sergio Puig, of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, to Durham on October 20, 2017. The two scholars, while hailing from the different fields of anthropology and law, both addressed Read more about Kretek Capitalism & Tobacco Tactics: Influence, Narratives, and Regulation[…]

Scholars discuss the challenges for regulating tobacco in the courtroom and real world

International laws have been strengthening the regulation over tobacco control. But the suits brought by Philip Morris International (PMI) against tobacco regulations, as well as the sluggish improvement in the regulatory environment in Indonesia demonstrate that these regulations are facing serious challenges in both the courtroom and real world, from multiple interested parties including corporations, Read more about Scholars discuss the challenges for regulating tobacco in the courtroom and real world[…]

Puig & Welker: Navigating International Tobacco Regulation

Sergio Puig and Marina Welker were the guests of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law speaker series on Friday, October 20. Members of the seminar course and faculty from the university convened in Smith Warehouse, a former tobacco warehouse, to discuss international tobacco regulation. In fact, the location of the meeting came Read more about Puig & Welker: Navigating International Tobacco Regulation[…]

Whose responsibility? : A Discussion With Sergio Puig and Marina Welker on the Complexities of International Tobacco Regulation

Regulatory divergences between jurisdictions complicate the realm of international law, becoming even more complex when corporate actors are added into the equation. The study of international tobacco regulation clearly demonstrates these challenges, particularly the way in which the corporation can manipulate its power to advance self-interests. On October 20th, 2017, Duke University’s Mellon Sawyer Seminar Read more about Whose responsibility? : A Discussion With Sergio Puig and Marina Welker on the Complexities of International Tobacco Regulation[…]

Kretek Capitalism & Tobacco Litigation: Welker & Puig on how Tobacco’s Proponents Attempt to Defeat Tobacco Control Measures

On October 20th the third iteration of the Seminar on Corporations & International Law’s Guest Speaker Series welcomed Professor Marina Welker of Cornell University and Professor Sergio Puig of the University of Arizona to present on the topic of tobacco control measures. Professor Welker, an anthropologist, detailed her experiences studying the role of tobacco in Read more about Kretek Capitalism & Tobacco Litigation: Welker & Puig on how Tobacco’s Proponents Attempt to Defeat Tobacco Control Measures[…]

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Puig and Welker on Big Tobacco Litigation, Culture, and Regulation

For the third session of the guest speaker series, two scholars presented on the topic of international tobacco corporations tangling with national populations and international regulation. Sergio Puig shared accounts of recent legal developments in national tobacco litigation and international health regulation, while Marina Welker presented an anthropological piece on cigarette culture in Indonesia. Puig Read more about Veni, Vidi, Vici: Puig and Welker on Big Tobacco Litigation, Culture, and Regulation[…]

Revisiting Corporate Ontology to Upend the Status Quo

Henry S. Turner addresses his myriad concerns through the prism of the corporation’s ontology. On October 6, 2017, the professor of English literature joined the Duke Seminar on Corporations & International Law to voice those concerns and share his unique view of the corporation. More specifically, he came to explain and hear feedback on his Read more about Revisiting Corporate Ontology to Upend the Status Quo[…]

Turner and the Corporate Personality: Conceptualizing the Group-Person

What is the nature of the fictitious body of the corporation? According to Henry S. Turner, who visited Duke University’s Smith Warehouse on last Friday, October 6th, a corporation is little more than a group-person, come together to achieve a joint purpose.  Although we often conceive of corporations as little more than the joint-stock enterprises Read more about Turner and the Corporate Personality: Conceptualizing the Group-Person[…]

Deardorff on Turner, “Corporate Values”

On Friday, October 6th, Henry Turner, Professor of English at Rutgers University, spoke as the second guest of the Seminar on Corporations and International Law. He discussed a portion of his forthcoming paper, The Poetics of the Corporate Person, which is an extension of his most recent book, The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Functions Read more about Deardorff on Turner, “Corporate Values”[…]

Henry S. Turner and Corporate Ontology

On October 6th, 2017, Professor Henry S. Turner of Rutgers University presented at the Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law at Duke University. Professor Turner presented on his paper “The Poetics of the Corporate Person,” and his book The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England 1516-1651. The main thrust of the presentation Read more about Henry S. Turner and Corporate Ontology[…]

Burde on Turner, “The Poetics of the Corporate Person”

Comparing Henry Turner’s article, “The Poetics of the Corporate Person,” with his book The Corporate Commonwealth – Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516 – 1651, it becomes evident that Turner views and analyzes corporations through a unique lens. In his article, Turner highlights the term “group person,” and during the seminar discussion, he further Read more about Burde on Turner, “The Poetics of the Corporate Person”[…]

Ng on Benton, “The Legal Logic of Conquest”

On Friday, September 22nd, Professor Lauren Benton spoke as the first guest of the Seminar on Corporations and International Law. The seminar discussed her recent paper “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence” as well as her co-authored book, A Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins Read more about Ng on Benton, “The Legal Logic of Conquest”[…]

The Decategorization of Conquest

Lauren Benton’s career has spanned an impressive range of disciplines—and it is that diversity which makes her paper uniquely valuable in the inaugural Sawyer Seminar. As a legal historian with training in anthropology and economics, Benton’s paper, “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence”, focuses on the commonalities of Read more about The Decategorization of Conquest[…]

Walburn, Benton and the Legal Logic of Conquest

In her recent article, “The legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence,” Lauren Benton reworks our understandings of conquest, and revises modern legal historiography, arguing that “the history of the early modern world can be styled as a history of invasion, occupation, and the sweeping cultural and institutional consequences of Read more about Walburn, Benton and the Legal Logic of Conquest[…]

Benton and “Pluri-political Formations”

Last Friday, Professor Lauren Benton came to speak at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar about her upcoming paper, “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence.” In her opening remarks, Benton discussed the method she used in writing “The Legal Logic of Conquest,” and Rage for Order: The British Empire and Read more about Benton and “Pluri-political Formations”[…]

The Corporation in Conquest: Reflections on the Methodology of Legal History

The inaugural seminar of the Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law took place on Friday, September 22nd with Professor Lauren Benton speaking about her paper “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence.” The discussion was thought-provoking and wide-ranging, covering a variety of topics extending from the legal relationship Read more about The Corporation in Conquest: Reflections on the Methodology of Legal History[…]

Bottom-Up Approach to Comparative History

Professor Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt, History and Law) spoke at Duke as the inaugural guest in the Mellon Sawyer Seminar speakers’ series being hosted at the University this year. Benton is a distinguished scholar whose work cuts across history, law, and anthropology. Her work specifically focuses on the history of international law, and the history of Read more about Bottom-Up Approach to Comparative History[…]

Burde on Benton “Legal Logic of Conquest”

Lauren Benton’s article, “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence[1],” the concept of imperial powers – both governments and corporations – developing international law, examines the evolution of political and legal pluralism through colonial conquests. The application of pluralism and its impacts shapes how a sovereign power approaches a Read more about Burde on Benton “Legal Logic of Conquest”[…]