International Human Rights in the Supreme Court: 2021 Term


A panel of distinguished scholars and journalists will critique important new Supreme Court decisions defining the claims that may be brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Alien Tort Statute involving human rights violations in foreign states. The Court ruled in genocide cases brought against Germany and Hungary that the FSIA expropriation exception does not apply to a state's taking of property from its own nationals, and will soon issue decisions in two ATS cases brought against U.S. corporations alleging use of child slavery in cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. The discussion will focus on hot topics, including the future of human rights litigation in U.S. courts, corporate responsibility for rights abuses abroad, an Original view of the ATS, and surprising uses of textualism on the Roberts court. Moderator: Mark B. Feldman, Georgetown Law Panelists: Lori Fisler Damrosch, Columbia Law Thomas Lee, Fordham Law Robert Barnes, Washington Post

Date and Location

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm