Thursday, July 6, 2017

Carney on the Background of Modern American Business Law

William J. Carney, Emory University School of Law, has posted The Background of Modern American Business Law, which is to appear in The Journal Jurisprudence 2017: 93:
This is an attempt to introduce lawyers trained in the civil law tradition about the unique features of the common law and equity traditions that influence American business entity law. The approach is historical, and traces the development of equitable ownership and equitable duties to the 14th century. It also introduces the uniquely English notion of the Internal Affairs Rule as the source of jurisdictional competition and innovation in the American system. It then proceeds with a more conventional discussion of the operation of American laws governing business entities.