Re-Argument Discussion with Counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 the Washington Foreign Law Society and GWU Law School hosted a post re-argument discussion with counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and others who have been closely following the case. The discussion addressed the October 1 Supreme Court oral arguments over whether U.S. courts have jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Statute over aliens’ claims of human rights abuses against foreign corporations. The speakers included: Mr. Paul Hoffman, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, Lead counsel for Petitioners Esther Kiobel, et al.; Professor Ralph Steinhardt, George Washington University Law School, Co-counsel for Petitioners Esther Kiobel, et al.; and Professor Bradford Clark, George Washington University Law School, Amicus curiae in support of Respondents Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., et al.