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Whither the ATS? What is the Future of the Alien Tort Statute after the Second Circuit’s Ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum?

“Whither the ATS? What is the Future of the Alien Tort Statute after the Second Circuit’s Ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum?” WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010, 6:00 PM…In mid-September, the Second Circuit ruled in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows lawsuits in U.S. courts for violations of international law, does not permit suits against corporations. This decision could have major ramifications for the future of the ATS and other claims against corporations that have been brought in U.S. courts. What lies ahead for this statute and its potential role in corporate accountability?

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