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19 Okt 2018

William S. Dodge, Business & Human Rights Journal

Corporate Liability Under the US Alien Tort Statute: A Comment on Jesner v Arab Bank

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...[T]he US Supreme Court tried to answer whether corporations are subject to suits for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS).

In [two] decisions, the Court failed to answer that question, instead imposing other limitations on the ATS cause of action...

In 2013, the Supreme Court applied the presumption against extraterritoriality in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, limiting the ATS cause of action to claims that 'touch and concern the territory of the United States.'

In 2018, the Court held in Jesner v. Arab Bank that 'foreign corporations may not be defendants in suits brought under the ATS', leaving open the possibility of suits against US corporations...

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US Supreme Court rules that foreign corporations cannot be sued for human rights abuses under the Alien Tort Statute

Arab Bank lawsuit (re terrorist attacks in Israel)