The Alien Tort Statute was enacted by the United States Congress in 1789 and laid dormant for nearly two centuries. After being reanimated in 1980, the statute now allows United States federal courts to hear claims for violations of the law of nations stemming from a wide array of behavior. Such an extraordinary interpretation was far from inevitable, however, and remains on unsteady footing
Kedar S. Bhatia,
Reconsidering the Purely Jurisdictional View of the Alien Tort Statute,
Emory Int'l L. Rev.
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