Wednesday, April 17, 2013

          Professor Dodge Available for Comment on Supreme Court case "Kiobel"

          Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law William S. Dodge is uniquely poised to offer commentary on the Supreme Court case Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, the decision for which was handed down April 17. Professor Dodge served as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked on the Kiobel case for the U.S. government.

          "The court's sweeping decision brings an era of human rights litigation to a close," says Professor Dodge, "but Filartiga's legacy lives on."

          Residents of the Ogoni region of Nigeria brought suit against Royal Dutch Petroleum alleging that the oil company aided and abetted violations of international human rights law by the Nigerian government, including torture, extrajudicial killings, and crimes against humanity. The case was filed in federal district court under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). The Supreme Court originally granted review in Kiobel to decide whether a corporation, as opposed to a person, can be held liable for international human rights violations under the ATS, but has since broadened the question to address whether suits may be brought under the ATS for violations of international law in a foreign country.

          Professor Dodge is one of the country’s leading experts on the history and doctrine of the Alien Tort Statute. In Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, the Supreme Court expressly adopted the position of the amicus brief he wrote on behalf of professors of federal jurisdiction and legal history. Professor Dodge served as a law clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. His coedited book International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change (Cambridge University Press 2011) won the American Society of International Law’s 2012 certificate of merit.

          Media

          Inquiries should be directed to Ami Dodson, dodsonami@uchastings.edu, 415.565.4832.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Wednesday, September 28, 2016

          UC Hastings Visiting Scholar Professor Chen Taihe Fights for Human Rights and the Jury System

          After suffering detention in his homeland of China during the infamous “709 Crackdown,” Professor Chen hopes to start anew in the U.S. and prove that the American jury system is one of the best in the world.
          Monday, September 26, 2016

          New Faculty: Welcoming Nationally-Renowned Health Law Scholar Tim Greaney

          Greaney is co-author of the nation’s leading health law casebook, as well as a treatise and hornbook on health law. He has also published over 60 articles and chapters concerning antitrust law and health care law and policy, is regularly cited in the media, and has testified as an authority in these areas before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Senate.
          Thursday, September 22, 2016

          Mascot Tryouts?

          After 138 years of teaching law and producing first-class legal scholarship, we began to wonder if perhaps we are just a little too focused. Maybe we should look a little more like other institutions, with athletics programs and school mascots?
          Thursday, September 22, 2016

          Race and Policing Panel at UC Hastings

          Panel includes San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, SFPD Interim Chief Toney Chaplin, UC Berkeley Prof. Nikki Jones, Former Director of the DOJ’s Community Service Relations Service Grande Lum, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, and UC Hastings Prof. Hadar Aviram.
          Wednesday, September 21, 2016

          Why Mozilla’s Head of Social Strategy Is Getting a Law Degree at UC Hastings

          Maura Tuohy enrolled in the MSL for Business and Technology Professionals to help forge an ethical future for tech.
          Go to News Archive