Raising Awareness about Corporate Power and the Supreme Court [USA]
Back on February 28th, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Shell, which for the first time placed before the court the question of corporate accountability for internationally recognized human rights abuses. The case involves allegations of Shell’s complicity in the torture and execution of members of the Ogoni Nine…The crucial law in question is the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which human rights lawyers have used successfully for decades to force both individuals and corporations…to compensate victims and survivors of human rights abuses committed abroad...[The Court] punted the case until next term (i.e. after the election)…For November, the Court asked for a complete re-briefing and re-argument which…will ask whether we can ANYONE can be sued under the ATS. Not only is the future of litigation against corporations for human rights abuses at risk–so is the future of ALL human rights litigation under the ATS.