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Anthony J. Bellia

2014

International Law

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Two Myths About The Alien Tort Statute, Anthony J. Bellia, Bradford R. Clark Jun 2014

Two Myths About The Alien Tort Statute, Anthony J. Bellia, Bradford R. Clark

Anthony J. Bellia

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., the Supreme Court applied the presumption against extraterritorial application of U.S. law to hold that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) did not encompass a claim between aliens for misconduct that occurred in another nation. Without much elaboration, the Court stated that the ATS only encompasses claims that “touch and concern the territory of the United States . . . with sufficient force to displace the presumption.” As it did in Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, the Kiobel Court purported to rest its decision on the original public meaning of the ATS when enacted in 1789. …