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US Supreme Court rules that foreign corporations cannot be sued for human rights abuses under the Alien Tort Statute

On 24 April 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled in Jesner v. Arab Bank that foreign corporations cannot be sued in the US for complicity in human rights abuses abroad. The ruling, decided by a 5-to-4 vote upheld the decision of a lower court, which ruled that corporations may not be sued under the Alien Tort Statute. According to the ruling, explicit congressional authorisation is required in cases involving international human rights cases against foreign defendants.

 

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