Posts tagged Alien Tort Statute
This is the first Monday in October. In the shadow of the upcoming election, the Supreme Court of the United States opens its 2012–2013 term today. Think we had a busy and momentous term last year? It gets bigger.
This term, there are cases dealing with worker’s rights, voting rights, marriage rights, the Environmental Protection Agency, affirmative action, the rights of non-citizens, the right of habeus corpus, and more.
As one might expect, the bulk of the articles here at Logarchism over the next month will concentrate on the election. Even so, the rest of the world continues to turn. The Supreme Court of the United States continues to address issues that affect us all. In today’s article, I’ll give a preview of just a few of the upcoming cases. As we did last year, we’ll be looking at many of them in more depth in the coming months. Here is a taste to whet your appetite. (more…)
In the wake of the 2010 Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court will today hear oral arguments on two cases, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority, that will test whether corporate personhood extends to liability for committing crimes against humanity. If corporations have the right of free political speech, do they also have the vulnerability to be sued when they engage in torture and murder?
If the crimes occur overseas, does that shelter a corporation from American law, as if they were sheltering their torture in an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands?
These cases could decide whether corporations — or, more accurately, corporate executives who give the orders, and employees who carry them out, acting in the name of the corporations — may commit the most heinous acts imaginable, secure in the knowledge that they cannot be prosecuted under U.S. law. (more…)