Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kiobel decision

The US Supreme Court decided Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell.

The victims sued Royal Dutch in US court for crimes such as torture, killings,
rape and crimes against humanities. They sought access to US Courts under the Alien Tort
Claims Act. The Court held that the statute does not apply extra-territorially.

This is an extraoridnarily limiting decision. The full extent of its limitation is not yet known.

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