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[PDF] Group of Study on Private International Law and Human Rights: Notes on Kiobel and the Question of Extraterritoriality

After, so to speak, certain procedural maneuvers…, the [US Supreme court (“USSC”) implemented the fifth of March 2012, a particular shift of scenery as far the review of Kiobel case is concerned…[O]n that date the High Court arose a different problem for discussion: “If and under what circumstances the ATS, 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1350, allows the courts to admit a cause of action for the breach of the law of nations taken place within the land of a sovereign state different from the United States”… From now on, then we consider that the intention of the USSC is to analyze the ATS within what it is known since long time ago as the debate over the extraterritoriality of laws with landmark lawsuits such as Alcoa (1945) and…Morrison, with respect to the rules on values where it has maintained a strict canon of territoriality...

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