Access to U.S. Federal Courts as a Forum for Human Rights Disputes: Pluralism and the Alien Tort Claims Act
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol. 12, p. 631, 2005
Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 46
Courts hearing cases under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) are asked to consider and evaluate the content of Customary International Law (CIL). These acts of incorporating non-U.S. sources of law can be framed as acts of legal pluralism. This article describes the contributions the ATCA has made toward increasing both civic and legal pluralism and argues that the robust history and tradition of instances of legal pluralism allow the introduction of CIL into the decision making process of U.S. courts without undue difficulty. It also posits that such inclusion has the desirable effect of increasing routes toward civic participation available to victims of human rights abuses.
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Keywords: Customary International Law, Alien Tort Claims Act, Alien Tort Statute, legal pluralism, civic pluralism, human rights
Date posted: February 15, 2006 ; Last revised: February 1, 2015