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Alien Tort Invasion
Author: Wall Street Journal, Published on: 30 September 2012
Should the U.S. be the venue of choice for lawyers pressing claims against corporations for alleged human-rights violations that happened entirely outside this country? That's the odd question facing the Supreme Court on Monday, when it hears arguments arising from novel interpretations of the Alien Tort Statute…Legal scholars may brawl over original intent. But it is beyond question that the drafters of the Alien Tort Statute never imagined the law would be used, for example, to challenge in U.S. courts the labor practices of foreign companies on foreign soil as violations of international law.