Corporate Responsibility under the Alien Tort Statute

Enforcement of International Law through US Torts Law


The Alien Tort Statute (also referred to as the Alien Tort Claims Act) is a US statute that provides a cause of action for violations of international law. While originally used against former dictators and military officials who fled to the U.S. after the respective governments in their home countries have been removed, human rights activists are now targeting transnational corporations or multinational enterprises for human rights violations in connection with their investments made outside the United States. This book examines and analyzes corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute.


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Biographical Note

Michael Koebele is a practising lawyer in an international law firm in Brussels. Before joining private practice, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.


Lawyers, whether external advisors or inhouse; legal scholars; politicians; political scientists; economists and human rights activists interested in the regulation of transnational corporations and in the enforcement of international human rights law, international criminal law, international labor standards and the protection of the environment, will find invaluable guidance in this book.


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