The Jesner ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court: The ‘end of the beginning’ for corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague, Netherlands (please register)
24 May 2018 @ 14:30
The headline of the New York Times on 24 April summed it up: ‘Supreme Court Bars Human Rights Suits Against Foreign Corporations’. The Jesner decision, released earlier that day by the U.S. Supreme Court, triggered a tremor of indignation in the human rights movement given the immunity it conferred to foreign corporations violating human rights against suits under the Alien Tort Statute, and led to a flood of legal and academic commentaries online. This panel discussion, organised with the support of the Netherlands Network of Human Rights Research, will address various aspects of the judgment. Its aim is to better understand the road travelled by American courts leading up to the decision with regard to the application of the Alien Tort Statute to corporations, to compare the decision with the position taken in other jurisdictions, and to discuss the ruling’s potential broader impact on the direction taken by the business and human rights movement.
Phillip Paiement (Tilburg University) – The Jesner case and the ATS: An American perspective
Lucas Roorda (Utrecht University) – A comparative perspective on Jesner and corporate liability for human rights violations
Nadia Bernaz (Wageningen University) – Lessons for the business and human rights movement after Jesner