The Alien Tort Statute: A Training Program


Add to My Calendar Saturday, February 2, 2008 12:00am


Over the past 25 years, the Alien Tort Statute (ATS, also known as the Alien Tort Claims Act, or ATCA) has allowed non-U.S. citizens to sue for human rights abuses in U.S. Courts. Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) attorneys rediscovered the statute in the 1970’s and, in 1979, filed a claim under the ATS and won the landmark case, Filártiga v. Peña-Irala. In that case, CCR helped Paraguayan nationals Joel and Dolly Filártiga win justice for the torture and murder of 17 year-old Joelito Filártiga, Joel's son and Dolly's brother.

This training will provide an overview and introduction to the ATS and related statutes such as the Torture Victim Protection Act, as well as provide participants with a more advanced understanding of the law in this area. Sessions will cover suits against foreign officials, U.S. officials, and corporations. Participants will gain insight into the evolution of the ATS and related statutes as wells as current issues and strategic considerations in their use today.

Illinois MCLE credit will be available for participants. Northwestern University School of Law is an Accredited Provider in the state of Illinois. Participants will be eligible to receive up to 7 general CLE credits.

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Sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Northwestern University School of Law’s Center for International Human Rights


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