Human Rights Action/Amnesty International Presents: Litigating in a Post-Kiobel World

September 26, 2013 —


A discussion of options for litigating in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, using another matter, Gilberto Torres v. British Petroleum, as a case study.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

3:30 p.m.


Gilberto Torres, Plaintiff, Gilberto Torres v. British Petroleum
Vladimir Carrillo, Author, En el Tiempo de la Bala y la Salamandra, a novel based on Gilberto Torres’ story
Charity Ryerson, International Rights Advocates


Georgetown University Law Center
Room 1000, Eric E. Hotung International Law Building
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


Gilberto Torres, a union leader who worked for British Petroleum’s partner, Ecopetrol, in Columbia, says he was kidnapped and tortured by paramilitaries collaborating with military forces funded by BP. In February 2012, Torres filed a complaint against BP in U.S. federal court under the Alien Tort Statute. That litigation was stayed pending the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel, in which the justices considered the extraterritorial application of the Alien Tort Statute. With Kiobel now decided, the parties in Torres’ case are briefing Kiobel’s impact on their case.

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