Alien Tort Claims Act (USA)

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25 January 2003

Abuse of 18th Century Law Threatens U.S. Economic and Security Interests

Author: Daniel T. Griswold, Associate Director of Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute

...in the last two decades, critics of global capitalism have turned the law [Alien Tort Claims Act] against U.S. corporations doing business in countries whose governments have been accused of human rights and environmental abuses. [refers to...

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1 January 2003

[PDF] full report: "The Promise of a Human Rights and Business Commission"

Author: Human Rights Policy Graduate Workshop, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University [USA]

...The number of human rights related complaints that are lodged against businesses and the attention paid to the behavior of companies operating in developing countries reveals a need for an alternative dispute resolution process that is specifically...

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6 March 2002

Lawsuits may be next weapon in climate change fight

Author: Michael Christie, Reuters

Lawsuits may become the next weapon against climate change as impotent, tiny islands, sinking beneath the waves, seek revenge on the rich polluting nations and multinational concerns they accuse of wiping them out...Australia and the United States...

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1 January 2002

[PDF] Beyond Voluntarism: Human rights and the developing international legal obligations of companies [full report]

Author: International Council on Human Rights Policy

Interest is growing in the responsibility of private companies to respect human rights... Governments and companies themselves have shown a distinct preference for limiting the debate to voluntary standards and self-regulation... This report examines...

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1 December 2001

Litigation Update: A Summary of Recent Developments in U.S. Cases Brought Under the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Protection Act

Author: Jennifer Green [staff attorney at Center for Constitutional Rights] and Paul Hoffman [civil rights attorney and editor of ACLU International Civil Liberties Report], in ACLU International Civil Liberties Report 2001 [American Civil Liberties Union]

[includes updates on human rights-related lawsuits against Unocal, Chevron, Royal Dutch/Shell, Southern Peru Copper Corporation, Rio Tinto, Union Carbide, Pfizer, various U.S. apparel retailers & manufacturers of clothing produced in Saipan...

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Article
1 December 2001

Recent ILRF [International Labor Rights Fund] Cases to Enforce Human Rights Under the ATCA

Author: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director of International Labor Rights Fund, in ACLU International Civil Liberties Report 2001 [American Civil Liberties Union]

[includes reference to human rights-related cases in U.S. courts against Unocal, ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, Fresh Del Monte Produce, DynCorp]

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3 June 2001

Big Oil and an Activist's Death: Family Sues to Probe Role Played by Shell in Nigerian's Execution

Author: Elizabeth Neuffer, Boston Globe

No one questions that a tribunal appointed by Nigeria's dictator, General Sani Abacha, found Saro-Wiwa guilty of murder in a sham trial. No one questions that on Nov. 12, 1995, an executioner hanged him - transforming a man into a martyr. What Saro...

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21 March 2001

The Amungme, Kamoro & Freeport [West Papua]

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Article
19 October 2000

Alien Tort Claims Act Provides a Legal Forum for the World

Author: Elizabeth Amon, National Law Journal

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24 November 1997

New Peril for Companies Doing Business Overseas: Alien Tort Claims Act Interpreted Broadly

Author: Joseph Pizzurro and Nancy Delaney, New York Law Journal

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