Readers, if you’re in Washington on October 26, I hope you’ll come to a conference called Law’s Porosities/Porosités du droit, which is being jointly presented by the Société de législation comparée and the American Society of Comparative Law. Here is the blurb:

This conference intends to illuminate areas of the law in which seepage occurs from one domain into another, a phenomenon we are seeing increasingly both in international and domestic legal settings. The erasure of territoriality in certain areas is one cause of this, increasing encounter is another. Many countries face common problems as they cope with transformations that are not always apparent. Papers are welcome from scholars and practitioners in any area responsive to the theme. Current topics range from international arbitration to human rights to the recently approved Restatement on Foreign Relations.

I will be speaking on a panel titled “Newer Porosities.” My topic is Data In Motion: Transatlantic Service of Process in the Age of Cloud Computing. So many buzzwords! My fellow panelists are Timothée Paris, whose topic is Law and New Technologies: The Need for a Global Porosity, and Pierre de Montalivet, whose topic is La porosité croissante entre droit et marketing. The moderator is Christelle Papineau. The other panels are titled Deciphering Porosities, International Arbitration, State Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity, Regional and International Porosities, and Other Frontiers of Porosity. Many eminent people, including friends of Letters Blogatory Vivian Curran, Ronald Brand, and David Stewart, will be participating as well. The conference is taking place alongside the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law. You can register for the conference at the annual meeting website.

What: Law’s Porosities
Where: American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW, Room NT01
When: October 26, 2017. Coffee at 8:30, program begins at 9 a.m.