Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights Law at a Crossroads

September 19, 2012 —


Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights Law at a Crossroads


Thursday, September 27, 2012, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Carey R. D'Avino, Attorney, Eaton & Van Winkle LLP
Carlos Mauricio, Center for Justice and Accountability Plaintiff, Romagoza Arce v. Garcia and Vides Casanova
Katie Redford, Esq., Co-Founder and U.S. Office Director, EarthRights International
Ralph Steinhardt, Professor, George Washington University Law School
Peter Weiss, Vice President, Center for Constitutional Rights


On the eve of the Supreme Court argument in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell, the participants will examine the future of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), an important tool for holding corporations, governments and individuals accountable for international human rights violations.

In September 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit decided in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell (a case against Shell for human rights abuses in Nigeria) that corporations could not be sued under the ATS. This decision was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and argued in February.

During the argument, the justices questioned not just the application of the ATS to corporations, but under what circumstances the ATS applies to abuses taking place outside the US. They later ordered the case to be re-argued on this question. The re-argument is set for October 1, 2012. 

This conference is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute, Center for Constitutional Rights, EarthRights International, Center for Justice and Accountability, Human Rights First and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable.

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