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The Alien Tort Statute: Should Corporations Be Immune From Liability?
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

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The Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), enacted by Congress in 1789, authorizes tort actions in U.S. federal courts by aliens alleging conduct in violation of the law of nations. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing a Second Circuit decision, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, holding that corporations are not subject to suit under the ATS. A panel of distinguished experts representing both sides of this question will discuss whether corporations should be exempt from liability under the ATS.

Moderator: STEPHEN L. KASS, Chair, International Human Rights Committee

Panelists: BURT NEUBORNE, Professor of Law and Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law; GARY CLYDE HUFBAUER, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute of International Economics, Washington, D.C.; Co-author, Awakening Monster: The Alien Tort Statute of 1789; JOHN F. SHERMAN, III, General Counsel, Secretary, and Senior Advisor, Shift; Senior Fellow, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Sponsoring Committees: International Human Rights Committee, Stephen L. Kass, Chair; Corporation Law Committee, Maurice M. Lefkort, Chair; Council on International Affairs, Mark R. Shulman, Chair; Foreign & Comparative Law Committee, David M. Lindley, Chair


Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)