Hot Topic! Transnational Liability Litigation and the Alien Tort Statute in the Wake of the Kiobel Decision

Tuesday, July 31 Hot Topic

Transnational Liability Litigation and the Alien Tort Statute in the Wake of the Kiobel Decision

Robert Percival, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
By the end of June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the Kiobel case, which raises the question whether corporations can be held liable for violations of international law under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). This talk will examine the Supreme Court’s Kiobel decision and its implications for future efforts to hold corporations liable for environmental harm in transnational litigation.

The SCOTUS blog has an extensive page on the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum case, which includes a link to the 2d Circuit opinion, a short introduction to the case, “Kiobel: Made Simple,” and an online symposium in which 11 law professors discuss the intricacies of the case.

The text of the Alien Tort Statute is available online as a link from the SCOTUS Blog.
JULIEN points readers toward the nine books we own by Bob Percival, as well as books under the subject heading: United States.Alien Tort Claims Act,



I Can’t Help It, I LOVE the Olympics!

I love the Olympics.

Tomorrow, I will watch the games while eating popcorn with lots of butter and salt. I’ll also create my own Olympic Mascot! Maybe I am a little sentimental, and drink the Olympic cool-aid too easily, but I can’t resist. In a world filled with sorrow and devastation,the Olympics are a much needed, world-wide event through which “a better world[ is built] through sport.” I am moved by the dedication of the athletes, the spirit of camaraderie which the games promote, and the moments of peace in which participants from nearly every corner of the earth share.

I’ll also admit that when I take off the “rose-colored-glasses” the Olympics have imperfections and raise some important questions. For example, what is the environmental impact of building the Olympic stadiums, fields, and event centers? Who can afford to actually go to the games? Who can and not compete at the games?

If you are interested in exploring the environmental, legal, political, and human perspectives of the Olympic games, check out a book from the library. A JULIEN search for “Olympic Games” returns a number of interesting books and ebooks including:

The Law of the Olympic Games
Impact of 2008 Olympic Games on  Human Rights and Law in China
America’s First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904
Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape

I hope you enjoy the Olympics and consider the event’s complexity. Check out NBC’s website for lots of Olympic coverage.

🙂 Heidi