J. Shand Watson

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The current flurry in the legal literature caused by multinational enterprises is yet another indication that the existing systems of control in the domestic and international spheres are either stretched to their limits or else completely inadequate to their assigned tasks. Most writers indicate that the multinational enterprise (MNE),' however defined, is a strong force for good or evil and, consequently, must be subject to some degree of control; yet when that conclusion is discussed, the schools of thought that emerge are as numerous as the commentators.2 This article does not endeavor to provide answers to the current fetish, but is aimed rather at putting it in the context of the continuing problems of transnational and international law, namely, the lack of a valid and efficacious international jurisdiction and the inevitable friction resulting from overeager attempts by nation-states to solve the problem by means of extraterritorial enforcement of domestic norms of behavior.