Monthly Archives: September 2011

Congresscritters threaten corporation with ATCA liability

Remember how we spent the summer hashing out whether the Alien Tort Claims Act applies to corporations? Remember how a circuit split you could drive a truck through (or run an oil pipeline through) has everyone wondering how and when … Continue reading

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News Roundup: Zedillo, Sri Lanka and drones in Pakistan

– Former Mexican President and current ATCA suit defendant Ernesto Zedillo casts aspersions: “It is obvious to me that whoever is behind that lawsuit is not really seeking justice for the innocent people whose [lives] were so painfully devastated by … Continue reading

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News Roundup

– Findlaw on Aziz v. Alcolac, discussed in more detail on this blog here. – Michael Williams of The View From LL2 attacks the Aziz decision. – The Yale Daily News covers the ATCA suit against Yale Professor and former Mexican President Ernesto … Continue reading

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Fourth Circuit weighs in on aiding and abetting standard for TVPA, circuit split persists

The Fourth Circuit dropped a bombshell yesterday, or at least what counts as a bombshell in this neck of the virtual woods. In Aziz v. Alcolac, the court took sides on a major circuit split regarding the aiding and abetting standard … Continue reading

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New ATCA/TVPA Suit Filed Against Former Mexican President Zedillo

From Business Wire: A lawsuit alleging war crimes and other crimes against humanity against Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, President of Mexico from 1994-2000, was filed Friday, September 16 in Connecticut federal court by the Miami law firm of Rafferty … Continue reading

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Yale Journal of International Affairs article: ATCA for the Gulf Oil Spill

Here’s an interesting one from Haley St. Denis in the Yale Journal of International Affairs (PDF link): The Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) is a U.S. statute enabling aliens to sue in American civil courts for certain egregious human rights … Continue reading

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New article on Kiobel

In the new edition of Accountability, the newsletter of the American Society of International Law, Alka Pradhan (with whom I went to college) has an article on Kiobel, arguing in favor of corporate liability under ATCA/ATS.  It’s a good summary … Continue reading

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