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The Politics of Corporate Alien Tort Cases


Chimène I. Keitner


University of California Hastings College of the Law

July 1, 2011

Pepperdine Law Review Online, Vol. 2011, p. 23, 2011

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This very brief symposium contribution considers recent developments relating to corporate liability for international law violations under the Alien Tort Statute, including the Second Circuit's decisions in Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman and Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. Ultimately, the political branches bear responsibility for weighing competing considerations and developing a regulatory framework for corporate liability that takes into account multiple intersecting policy goals. In the meantime, federal judges will continue to grapple with the implications of corporate ATS cases in their courtrooms. In so doing, they should be wary of modifying doctrine in response to policy considerations in corporate ATS cases that could have unintended negative consequences for ATS cases against individuals, or for other cases involving the interpretation and application of international law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: corporations, alien tort, Kiobel, Talisman

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Date posted: July 9, 2011 ; Last revised: November 13, 2012

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Keitner, Chimène I., The Politics of Corporate Alien Tort Cases (July 1, 2011). Pepperdine Law Review Online, Vol. 2011, p. 23, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1876746

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