Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

kiobel-v-royal-dutch brief

The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges is an independent Center that promotes the understanding of international law, national security law, and foreign relations law. The Center has filed two briefs as amicus curiae in support of the petitioners in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. in order to promote accurate interpretation of international law in the case at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Both briefs are available on the Center’s website.  The Center’s Supplemental Brief argues that extraterritorial application of the Alien Tort Statute is fully consistent with international law and makes clear that many countries have provided for both civil and criminal extraterritorial jurisdiction over violations of international law.  This website was established to provide ready access to the sources cited in the Center’s Supplemental Brief, which include foreign statutes and case law from around the globe, as well as international law and domestic law and some secondary source materials. 

Sources for Supplemental Brief of Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum 


Aguinda v. Texaco, Inc., 303 F.3d 470 (2d Cir. 2002)

Al-Adsani v. United Kingdom, 34 Eur. Ct. H.R.11 (2001)

Argentine Republic v. Amerada Hess Shipping Corp., 488 U.S. 428 (1989)

Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Dem. Rep. Congo v. Belg.), 2002 I.C.J. 63 (Feb. 14) (majority opinion)  (Joint Separate Opinion of Judges Higgins, Kooijmans and Buergenthal)

Ashraf Ahmed El-Hojouj v. Harb Amer Derbal et al., Hague District Court, No. 400882  (Mar. 21, 2012) (Dutch)

Banco Nacional de Cuba v. Sabbatino, 376 U.S. 398 (1964)

Bouzari v. Islamic Republic of Iran, [2004] 71 O.R. 3d 675 (Can.)

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F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. v. Empagran S.A., 542 U.S. 155 (2004)

Ferrini v. Ger., Cass., 11 marcia 2004, no. 5044/4, ILDC 19 (IT 2004)

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Glen v. Club Mediterranee, 450 F.3d 1251 (11th Cir. 2006)

Jones v. Ministry of Interior of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, [2006] UKHL 26

Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Ger. v. It.), Judgment (Feb. 3, 2012)

Kadic v. Karadzic, 70 F.3d 232 (2d Cir. 1995)

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 621 F.3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010)

Matar v. Dichter, 563 F.3d 9 (2d Cir. 2009)

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Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 (2004)

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Zhang v. Zemin, [2010] 243 FLR 299



28 U.S.C. § 1605A

Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350

Argentine Law No. 26.200

Argentine National Code of Criminal Procedure

Argentine National Constitution(Spanish/English)

Austrian Criminal Code

Belgian Code of Criminal Procedure

Belgian Criminal Code

Bolivian Code of Criminal Procedure

Bolivian Criminal Code

Colombian Code of Criminal Procedure

Colombian Criminal Code

Costa Rican Code of Criminal Procedure

Costa Rican Criminal Code

Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, S.C. 2000, c. 24 (Can.)

Criminal Justice Act (1988) (U.K.)

Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China

Danish Administration of Justice Act

Danish Criminal Code

Dutch Code of Civil Procedure

Dutch Criminal Code

Dutch International Crimes Act

Finnish Criminal Code

Finnish Criminal Procedure Act

French Code of Criminal Procedure

German Code of Crimes Against International Law

German Code of Criminal Procedure

German Criminal Code

Greek Criminal Code

International Criminal Court Act 2001 (U.K.)

Italian Code of Criminal Procedure

Italian Criminal Code

Italian Law No. 498 of 3 November 1988

Luxembourg Code of Criminal Investigation

Myanmar Code of Criminal Procedure

Myanmar Criminal Code of 1861

Panama Criminal Code

Panama Judicial Code of Criminal Procedure

Polish Criminal Code

Portuguese Criminal Code

Portuguese Criminal Procedure Code

Portuguese Law on Criminal Violations of International Humanitarian Law

Romanian Criminal Code

Romanian Criminal Procedure Code

Senegal Code of Criminal Procedure

Spanish Code of Criminal Procedure

Spanish Constitution of 1978

Spanish Criminal Code

Spanish Judicial Power Organization Act No.6/1985

Swedish Code of Judicial Procedure

Swedish Criminal Code

Venezuela Criminal Code

Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, 28 U.S.C. § 1350 note

Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Dec. 10, 1984, S. Treaty Doc. No. 20, 100th Cong., 2d Sess. (1988), 1465 U.N.T.S.85

Convention (IV) Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and Its Annex, Oct. 18, 1907, 36 Stat. 227721

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, G.A. Res. A/61/177 (2006)

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, July 17, 1998, 2187 U.N.T.S. 90

Beth Stephens, Translating Filártiga: A Comparative and International Law Analysis of Domestic Remedies for International Human Rights Violations, 27 Yale J. Int’l L. 1 (2002)

Christopher A. Whytock, The Evolving Forum Shopping System, 96 Cornell L. Rev. 481 (2011)

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Curtis A. Bradley, Universal Jurisdiction and U.S. Law, 2001 U. Chi. Legal F. 323 (2001)

Curtis A. Bradley & Mitu Gulati, Withdrawing from International Custom, 120 Yale L.J. 202 (2010)

Donald Francis Donovan & Anthea Roberts, The Emerging Recognition of Universal Civil Jurisdiction, 100 Am. J. Int’l L. 142 (2006)

Hague Conference on Private International Law, Preliminary Draft Convention on Jurisdiction and Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters, Oct. 30, 1999, Prel. Doc. No. 11 (Aug. 2000)

H.R. Rep. No. 102-367 (1991)

International Law Commission, Report of the Working Group on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property, Appendix, U.N. Doc. A/54/10 (May 23-July 23, 1999)

Jack L. Goldsmith, Against Cyberanarchy, 65 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1199 (1998)

José A. Cabranes, Our Imperial Criminal Procedure: Problems in the Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Constitutional Law, 118 Yale L.J. 1660 (2009)

Louis Henkin, International Law: Politics, Values and Functions, 216 Recueil des Cours 9 (1989 IV)

Note from the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations

Oona A. Hathaway & Scott Shapiro, Outcasting: Enforcement in Domestic and International Law, 121 Yale L.J. 252 (2011)

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William S. Dodge, Alien Tort Litigation and the Prescriptive Jurisdiction Fallacy, 51 Harv. Int’l L.J. Online 35 (2010)