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Once We Were Slaves, Now We Are Free: Legal, Administrative, and Social Issues Raised by Passover Celebrations in Prison

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | Comments Off

“Once we were slaves, now we are free” is a central line from the Jewish Passover Seder, a ritual meal in which participants retell the story of liberation from Pharaoh’s oppression. In prison, many Jewish inmates request access to...

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Transnational Torts

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | Comments Off

In Doe v. Unocal Corp., several citizens of Myanmar alleged a California-based oil company, in cooperation with Myanmar's ruling junta, used beatings, torture, rape, slavery, and murder to confiscate ancestral lands and force villagers to clear a path though...

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Think Globally, Sue Locally 3.0: Out-of-Court Tactics in Transnational Tort Cases

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | Comments Off

Over the past fifteen years, there has been a substantial rise in transnational tort cases involving foreign plaintiffs, alleged overseas injuries (personal or environmental), and Western corporate multinational defendants. These cases may be premised on the Alien Tort Statute...

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Think Globally, Sue Locally, Don’t Generalize Wildly

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | Comments Off

The Drimmer Report has two main sections. One part catalogs the lawful out-of-court tactics employed by transnational tort plaintiffs. The other part relates the notorious court frauds committed against Dole Corporation in Nicaragua and, allegedly, Chevron Corporation in Ecuador....

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The Politics of Corporate Alien Tort Cases

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | Comments Off

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) provides U.S. federal courts with subject matter jurisdiction over violations of certain universally recognized international legal prohibitions. In recent years, courts have confronted cases brought under the ATS against accomplices to international law violations...

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Kiobel and the Question of Corporate Liability under the Alien Tort Statute

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | Comments Off

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) gives federal district courts jurisdiction over "any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States." It was passed...

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