R.I.P Filartiga?: Does Kiobel Spell the Death of Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts?

R.I.P Filartiga?: Does Kiobel Spell the Death of Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM

Carlos M. Vázquez | Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School

In 1980, the Second Circuit launched modern human rights litigation when it held in Filartiga v. Peña-Irala that the Alien Tort Statute authorized suits in federal court seeking to remedy human violations that occurred abroad. On April 17, 2013, the Supreme Court held in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that the presumption against territoriality applies to suits brought under the Alien Tort Statutes. Professor Vázquez will discuss what is left of Filartiga after Kiobel.

After graduating from law school, where he was Articles and Book Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review, Professor Vázquez served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then practiced law with Covington and Burling in Washington, DC, before joining the law school faculty as a visiting professor of law in 1990, and then as an associate professor in 1991. From 2000 to 2003, he was the United States member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, the organ of the Organization of American States responsible for juridical matters and for promoting the progressive development and codification of international law in the Americas. Professor Vázquez has written and taught primarily in the areas of international law, constitutional law, and federal courts.

Co-sponsored by La Raza Law Students Association.