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Multinational Corporations and Human Rights — The Alien Tort Statute No Longer Applies.

     Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch (2013)  declared that the general presumption against extraterritoriality of U.S. legislation was not overcome (and thus upheld the presumption of territoriality of U.S. legislation unless Congress says otherwise).  The … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court and International Law — An Unclear Future …..

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the “Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991” only applies to individuals and not corporations. (Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority). This was based on the interpretation of the term “individuals.” This was a technical but a … Continue reading

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Multinational Corporate Responsibility and the Alien Tort Statute — Overseas Torture & U.S. Courts.

Under the Alien Tort Statute should foreign plaintiffs be allowed to sue foreign corporations in American courts for torture when that action is done abroad in cooperation with a foreign government? Should the multinationals, unlike private individuals, be allowed to … Continue reading

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