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Professor John Knox quoted in Forbes about potential Alien Tort Statute effects

Within days after hearing oral arguments on whether corporations can be sued for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) last month, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed the lawyers in the case to file a new round of briefs analyzing whether federal courts could serve as a forum in which alleged violations of international law took place outside the nation’s borders.

The willingness of the Court to expand beyond the original question of corporate liability to the issue of extraterritorial application of the ATS opens the door to a comprehensive reexamination of the controversial statute that could ultimately handcuff victims who have relied on the statute as a last recourse.

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