Alien Tort Litigation and the Prescriptive Jurisdiction Fallacy

12 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2013  

William S. Dodge

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: May 4, 2010

Abstract

This essay argues that U.S. courts hearing cases under the Alien Tort Statute do not exercise jurisdiction to prescribe but rather jurisdiction to adjudicate. It concludes that neither international law limitations on jurisdiction to prescribe nor the domestic presumption against extraterritoriality properly apply to the ATS.

Keywords: Alien Tort Statute, jurisdiction to prescribe

Suggested Citation

Dodge, William S., Alien Tort Litigation and the Prescriptive Jurisdiction Fallacy (May 4, 2010). 51 Harvard International Law Journal Online 35 (2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221105

William S. Dodge (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States

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