Kiobel and the Law of Nations

Zachary D. Clopton*

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Since 1789, the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) has provided federal court jurisdiction for tort suits by aliens for violations of the law of nations. Though debate certainly exists about the method by which ATS-appropriate torts are identified, the Supreme Court has acknowledged that the substantive content of ATS causes of action is derived from the law of nations. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., the SupremeCourt justices addressed not the substance of ATS cases but the reach of that statute.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1-e4
JournalAJIL Unbound
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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