The world of Alien Tort Statute/Alien Tort Claims Act has been a-humming as the oral argument date for Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum draws near. Some quick hits:
– Washington’s Ogonis (an ethnic group from Nigeria to which the Kiobel plaintiffs belong) are organizing around the oral argument.
– Eric De Brabandere of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies on “Non-State Actors and Human Rights: Corporate Responsibility and the Attempts to Formalize the Role of Corporations as Participants in the International Legal System”
Anthony J. Bellia Jr. of Notre Dame Law School and Bradford R. Clark of on George Washington University Law School on “Kiobel, Subject Matter Jurisdiction, and the Alien Tort Statute”
– D.C. Circuit Court says the fathers of two Guantanamo Bay detainees do not have claims under the Alien Tort Statute, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and the Fifth and Eighth Amendments.