April 17, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that nothing in the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) rebuts the US presumption against extraterritoriality and that suits challenging torture and international law violations that took place overseas cannot be ...[read more]
March 8, 2013
by Fangxing Li
JURIST Senior Editor Sarah Posner, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, is a member of JURIST's Editorial Board. Here, Posner discusses the loophole on corporate liability and US Supreme Court's possible holding in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. based on the Alien Tort ...[read more]
October 2, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., the court heard new arguments on whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) for alleged torture and international law violations that ...[read more]
June 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Victims of alleged torture and international law violations that took place overseas filed their supplemental brief to the US Supreme Court Monday arguing that the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) is not limited to torts that occur in the US. The brief argues that because the 18th century statute ...[read more]
June 3, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 3, 2011, Judge Kenneth Marra of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida permitted lawsuits against Chiquita Brand International to move forward. Victims and family members filed suit against Chiquita in April 2010 for crimes including murder and torture. The company had ...[read more]
February 4, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday revived a lawsuit against Drummond Company alleging that the company hired Colombian paramilitaries to assassinate plaintiffs' fathers. The plaintiffs brought suit against Drummond under the Alien Torts Statute (ATS), the Torture Victim ...[read more]
March 18, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld Tuesday a district court decision finding former El Salvador chief military commander Nicolas Carranza liable for murder and torture committed during the El Salvador civil war in the 1980s. In 2005, a Tennessee federal ...[read more]
September 23, 2007
by Michael Sung
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is retaining more detailed information on US-bound travelers than previously acknowledged in its Automated Targeting System (ATS), the Washington Post reported Saturday. Privacy activists say that the ATS, designed to help authorities access the ...[read more]
November 16, 2004
by Chris Buell
BBC News is reporting that President Bush has officially selected current National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to fill the secretary of state post, as reported on JURIST's Paper Chase Monday. Current Secretary of State Colin Powell announced his resignation Monday. A live webcast of the Wh... ...[read more]
November 13, 2004
by Tom Henry
The imprisoned leader of Palestinian uprisings, Marwan Barghouti, has decided to run in the upcoming Palestinian elections to replace Yasser Arafat. A source close to the jailed politician said Barghouti would seek the position of president only with the backing of the ruling Fatah movement. ...[read more]

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