Monthly Archives: August 2011

ATCAblog is drying off

Following a hurricane-related service outage, I’m back online.  Surprisingly, a weekend in which the most of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic was similarly holed up did not produce any news on the Alien Tort Statute/Alien Tort Claims Act. That is all.

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Melbourne Journal of International Law Publishes article on Kiobel

From the abstract (full article PDF): This article explores the Court’s reasoning and the ramifications of the decision, highlighting the ways in which the Kiobel judgment departs from both Supreme Court and Second Circuit precedent. The authors take to task … Continue reading

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New U. Chicago Law Review article: “The Alien Tort Statute and the Law of Nations”

  From the abstract (full article PDF): The ATS authorized federal court jurisdiction over claims by foreign citizens against United States citizens for intentional torts to person or personal property. At the time, both the commission of—and the failure to … Continue reading

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ATCA/TVPA Case Against Alleged Leader of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

From sikhsiyasat.net, news of an Alien Tort Claims Act/Torture Victim Protection Act matter in the Southern District of New York: On August 12, 2011 Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) filed response to Kamal Nath’s efforts to seek immunity in the Sikh … Continue reading

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SCOTUSBlog spotlights Bowoto v. Chevron

Christa Culver of SCOTUSblog deems Torture Victims Protection Act case Bowoto v. Chevron a “petition to watch.” In a paralell to the Kiobel/Flomo split on whether corporations can be sued under ATCA/ATS, the 9th Circuit’s decision in Bowoto holds that corporations can … Continue reading

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Dismissal in cross-border shooting case

From the Western District of Texas by way of CNN, an Alien Tort Claims Act dismissal in Hernandez et al v. Jesus Mesa, Jr., et al (No. 3:11-cv-00331, W.D.Tex.): Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was fatally shot June 7, 2010. Authorities … Continue reading

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What can 23 Liberian children teach us about political gaffes?

(warning: light satire) First and foremost, they have never made a politcal gaffe while campaigning for the Republican nomination in Iowa.  But that’s because they are Liberian.  And Children. Non-Liberian non-child Mitt Romney, on the other hand, made a fairly big one … Continue reading

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