The Alien Tort Statute, Corporate Liability for Human Rights Abuses and the Supreme Court

February 28, 2012 — Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case involving whether the Alien Tort Statute, which allows lawsuits in U.S. courts for violations of international law, also creates a basis for suits against corporations.

Event Notes

Tomorrow's panel will discuss Kiobel and its implications and issues of corporate liability for human rights abuses.

This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable.


  • Marco Simons, Legal Director, EarthRights International


  • Paul Hoffman, Counsel for Plaintiffs in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
  • Jason Pielemeier, Special Advisor, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  • Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First

Time and Location

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m.; Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

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