Human Rights, Labor, and Responsible Investor Groups Call on the Supreme Court to Put People Before Profit

Author: International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) & Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Published on: 27 June 2017

Today...[three organizations] filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the petitioners in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, which is scheduled to be heard at the United States Supreme Court in the fall. The case will determine whether the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) can provide an avenue to deliver justice to victims of corporate harms. The ATS permits non-Americans to sue for international human rights abuses...

[They] argue that the increased role and power of corporations in modern society requires the establishment and enforcement of clear rules around their behavior, including their operations abroad. The brief further argues that when corporations have harmed the public, victims must have access to justice...

Not only is the ATS an important vehicle to deliver justice to victims, the brief outlines that accountability under the ATS is also vital to protecting investors from the legal, reputational, and operational risks stemming from corporate involvement in human rights violations...

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