U.S.: ICJ and others urge Supreme Court to review KIOBEL v Shell appeals court decision

The ICJ and other human rights groups submitted a brief amicus curiae to the United States Supreme Court.

It supports the plaintiffs’ petition of a writ of certiorari in relation to the 2nd Circuit Appeals Court’s majority decision in late 2010 denying the application of international law to transnational corporations in the context of the U.S. Alien Tort Statute- ATS.

Amicus submit that a general principle of law exists that corporations can be held liable for egregious conduct that falls within the scope of the ATS. The majority’s failure to consult general principles of law warrants immediate review and remand.

United States-Supreme Court transnational corporations-legal submission-2011 (full text, PDF)

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