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Alien Tort Statute

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The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) grants jurisdiction to some federal courts for certain violations of international law.

The statute allows foreign citizens to bring suits in U.S. federal courts for certain violations of the law of nations.

Related Cases / Recent Cases / Case Law

  • Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (10-1491): Case clarifies the reach of the U.S. federal courts' jurisdiction over certain extraterritorial tort claims.