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Duke Law

United States

2012

Jurisdiction

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Attorney General Bradford’S Opinion And The Alien Tort Statute, Curtis A. Bradley Jan 2012

Attorney General Bradford’S Opinion And The Alien Tort Statute, Curtis A. Bradley

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In debates over the scope of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), one historical document has played an especially prominent role. This document is a short opinion by U.S. Attorney General William Bradford, issued in the summer of 1795, concerning the involvement of U.S. citizens in an attack by a French fleet on a British colony in Sierra Leone. Numerous academic articles, judicial opinions, and litigation briefs have invoked the Bradford opinion, for a variety of propositions, and the opinion was discussed by both sides in the oral argument before the Supreme Court in the first hearing in the ...


Introduction, Paul Finkelman Jan 2012

Introduction, Paul Finkelman

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