Recently Judge José A. Cabranes, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, issued a decision that drastically undermined the efficacy of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). Writing for the majority in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 621 F.3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010), Judge Cabranes ruled that corporate entities cannot be held liable under the ATS. This Comment will examine the choice-of-law aspect of that decision, and argue that Judge Cabranes erred in interpreting the ATS to mandate application of customary international law (CIL).
Recommended CitationJon E. Crain, Scope of Liability under the Alien Tort Statute: The Relevance of Choice of Law Doctrine in the Aftermath of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 32 Pace L. Rev. 543 (2012)
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