Publications and Research

Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

Fall 10-15-2018


In this paper, Dr. Reed explores issues of corporate civil liability for human rights violations. The paper analyzes the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Jesner v. Arab Bank where the Court rejected federal subject-matter jurisdiction over corporate defendants under the Alien Tort Statute. The paper then moves beyond the Supreme Court ruling to identify potential legal exposure for corporations outside the Alien Tort Statute.


This paper was originally published as No. 17 in the WCIB Occasional Paper Series.



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