Prelogar and Ardito on the Supreme Court Rejection of Alien Tort Claims Premised on Overseas Conduct (PDF)

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The Court limited Alien Tort claims for human rights violations on non-U.S. soil. Nigerians alleged Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport & Trading Company, of Holland and UK respectively, operating a joint-owned Nigerian subsidiary, aided and abetted rights abuses by the local government. A majority found presumption against extraterritorial application of statutes barred these claims as all relevant conduct took place outside the US.


Brittany Prelogar ( is a partner, and Laura Ardito ( is an associate, in the Washington, DC office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP ( Each are members of the firm's Business and Human Rights practice, which advises and represents corporations on issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility, Alien Tort Statute compliance, and human rights-related matters. Ms. Prelogar received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Ms. Ardito received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.


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