The Alien Tort Claims Act

James Biser Whisker
Professor Emeritus, Political Science, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, US

Kevin R. Spiker
Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Ohio University, St. Clairsville, OH, US

Series: Political Science and History, Congressional Policies, Practices and Procedures
BISAC: POL006000



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The Alien Tort Claim Act, aka the Alien Tort Statute, was part of the Judiciary Act of 1789. Only in 1980 did the U.S. federal courts find any significant meaning in it. Initially, the ATCA applied to violations of basic rules of international law, such as piracy. It was applied at the beginning of 1980 to human rights violations. Its meaning was expanded to incorporate liability, but in 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court ended such lawsuits.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1: The Origins of the Alien Tort Claims Act

Chapter 2: Filartiga: The First Case

Chapter 3: The Torture Victim Protection Act

Chapter 4: Human Rights Cases

Chapter 5: The Alvarez-Machain Cases

Chapter 6: ATCA Cases Settled Out of Court

Chapter 7: Failed Cases under the ATCA

Chapter 8: Corporate Liability under ATCA

Chapter 9. Corporate Accountability


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