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Panel II: Novel Enforcement Issues in the Internet Age
Riesenfeld Symposium
  • Maria Chedid, Arnold & Porter
  • Geoffrey Hazard, Berkeley Law
  • Michael Traynor, Cobalt LLP
  • Molly Van Houweling, Berkeley Law
Maria Chedid, Arnold & Porter
The enforcement of foreign judgments is a vital issue in the field of internet and media business. In addition to a broader discussion about the role of foreign judgments and their real or potential effect on business, these panelists talked about the 2006 Yahoo! decision that refused to enforce a ruling by a French court that ordered Yahoo! to remove certain content from its website. Finally, the panelists discussed developments in this area of law since Yahoo!.

Maria Chedid is a senior counsel at Arnold & Porter, and head of the firm's West Coast international arbitration and litigation practice. She is also a member of the firm’s appellate practice group. For twenty years, Ms. Chedid has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes in international arbitration, and in cross-border and international law issues litigated in U.S. courts. Her practice is geographically diverse, extending to disputes arising out of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Ms. Chedid is a frequent speaker and writer on international arbitration and litigation issues, and has guest-lectured on international arbitration at the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Geoffrey Hazard has taught at Berkeley School of Law, the University of Chicago, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was Executive Director of the American Law Institute from 1984 to 1999 and previously Reporter for the ALI Restatement Second of Judgments. He was Reporter for the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (promulgated in 1983) and draftsman-consultant for the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct (promulgated in 1972).

Michael Traynor is senior counsel of Cobalt LLP and has taught on the subject of remedies and conflict of laws at Berkeley Law School. He is President Emeritus and Chair of the Council Emeritus of the American Law Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an Honorary Lifetime Trustee of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Molly Van Houweling is a professor of law and the faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at Berkeley Law School. She joined the Boalt faculty in fall 2005 from the University of Michigan Law School, where she had been an assistant professor since 2002. Before joining the Michigan faculty, Van Houweling was president of Creative Commons and served as senior adviser to the president and board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Citation Information
Maria Chedid, Geoffrey Hazard, Michael Traynor and Molly Van Houweling. "Panel II: Novel Enforcement Issues in the Internet Age" (2012)
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