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Corporate SovereigntyLaw and Government under Capitalism$
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Joshua Barkan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674268

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674268.001.0001

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Corporate Sovereignty

Joshua Barkan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes how the articulation of corporate sovereignty to capitalist value enabled corporations to transact business and enter into legal proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. It describes the coalescence of the pockmarked international regulatory structure for transnational corporations that emerged during the mid-20th century, and considers the ways legal frameworks of personhood were applied to corporations extraterritorially. The chapter also investigates the regulation of foreign corporations that emerged within the complex of territorial sovereignty, and examines the conflict of laws that concern trade disputes, nationalization of foreign corporate assets, and liabilities of corporations under public international law.

Keywords:   corporate sovereignty, international regulatory structure, personhood, foreign corporations, territorial sovereignty, foreign corporate assets

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