Jesner, et al. v. Arab Bank, PLC (Amicus)

At a Glance

Date Filed: 

June 27, 2017

Current Status 

CCR and the International Federation for Human Rights filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2017. The Court will hold argument on October 11, 2017 on the question of whether the Alien Tort Statute applies to corporations.

Case Description 

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Jesner, et al. v. Arab Bank, PLC to decide the question of whether corporations are liable under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). CCR's brief argues that the ATS must apply to corporations to remedy violations of international law, and that it must be applied broadly and in compliance with international human rights law, including the principle of non-discrimination, rather than limited to cases involving terrorism.

Case Timeline

October 11, 2017
Supreme Court argument
October 11, 2017
Supreme Court argument
June 27, 2017

United States submits amicus brief in support of neither party

June 27, 2017

United States submits amicus brief in support of neither party

June 27, 2017

CCR and International Federation for Human Rights file amicus brief arguing that corporations are liable under ATS and ATS should not be applied only to preference cases involving terrorism allegations

June 27, 2017

CCR and International Federation for Human Rights file amicus brief arguing that corporations are liable under ATS and ATS should not be applied only to preference cases involving terrorism allegations

June 20, 2017
Supreme Court briefing
June 20, 2017
Supreme Court briefing
Petitioners submit their opening brief on June 20, 2017. Arab Bank submits its response on August 21, 2017, and petitioners submit their reply brief on September 8, 2017.
October 6, 2016

Plaintiffs submit petition for Supreme Court review

October 6, 2016

Plaintiffs submit petition for Supreme Court review

Arab Bank submits its opposition brief on December 14, 2016, and plaintiffs submit their reply on December 22, 2016. The Supreme Court grants the petition on April 3, 2017.
December 22, 2015

Plaintiffs petition for rehearing en banc

December 22, 2015

Plaintiffs petition for rehearing en banc

The Second Circuit denies the petition for rehearing on May 9, 2016.
December 8, 2015
Second Circuit affirms lower court decision dismissing case
December 8, 2015
Second Circuit affirms lower court decision dismissing case