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UPDATED FEBRUARY 29, 2012 10:13 AMhttp://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/02/28/corporate-rights-and-human-rights/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

INTRODUCTION

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum over whether
corporations can be sued for human rights violations overseas. The plaintiffs filed suit in the United States under the
Alien Tort Statute, a law enacted by Congress in 1789, that empowers the federal courts to hear cases by foreigners
bringing a civil suit for wrongs committed “in violation of the law of nations.”Should the Alien Tort Statute hold
corporations liable for heinous crimes? Is there a more effective way to do this?

DEBATERS

  • Oona A. Hathaway

    A Permissable and Effective Way

    OONA A. HATHAWAY, YALE LAW SCHOOLThere is no need to fear that a ruling in favor of
    the plaintiffs in Kiobel will flood the courts with lawsuits.

  • Ilya Shapiro

    It’s Up to Congress to Decide

    ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTEIf we want to punish corporations for human rights abuses,
    then we must ask Congress to amend the Alien Tort Statute.

  • Vincent Warren

    The Right Thing To Do

    VINCENT WARREN, CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTSThrough Citizens United
    we gave corporations extensive rights, now we must enforce their responsibilities.

  • Susan FarbsteinTyler Giannini

    Liability for Harms

    SUSAN FARBSTEIN AND TYLER GIANNINI, HARVARD LAW SCHOOLCorporations
    should not receive greater legal protections than people.

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