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Article

1 Oct 2009

Author:
Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal

2nd Circuit Finds Aid Must Be 'Purposeful' for Alien Tort Statute Liability [USA]

A federal appeals court has set a high bar for foreign plaintiffs attempting to use U.S. courts to hold foreign defendants accountable for human rights violations in foreign lands, ruling that liability can be imposed only where it is shown that a defendant "purposefully" aided and abetted a violation of international law.