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Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 10-1491

The Alien Tort Statute does not reach conduct occurring in a foreign sovereign's territory, where: 1) the presumption against extraterritoriality applies to claims under the Alien Tort Statute; and 2) nothing in the statute rebuts that presumption. Therefore, the claim by Nigerian nationals now living in the U.S. against defendant corporations for aiding and abetting the Nigerian government in committing violations of the law of nations, which occurred outside the U.S., is barred.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/17/2013
  • Published 04/17/2013




  • United States Supreme Court


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