Journal Article

The Alien Tort Statute

Jaykumar A. Menon

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 4, issue 2, pages 372-386
Published in print May 2006 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online May 2006 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI:
The Alien Tort Statute

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The importation of criminal law concepts into the area of civil law is attracting increasing interest. The United States’ Alien Tort Statute (ATS), though principally known for enabling international human rights suits to be filed in the domestic courts of the United States, also imports criminal law notions into civil litigation. This article explores the hybrid nature of the ATS in the context of the development of international law, and raises the question of whether ‘grandeur’ is a principal reason for the ATS’ existence.

Journal Article.  6912 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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