Federal Courts

The Alien Tort Statute and the Law of Nations
Anthony J. Bellia Jr
Professor of Law and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, Notre Dame Law School
Bradford R. Clark
William Cranch Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

We thank Amy Barrett, Tricia Bellia, Curt Bradley, Paolo Carozza, Burlette Carter, Anthony Colangelo, Michael Collins, Anthony D’Amato, Bill Dodge, Rick Garnett, Philip Hamburger, John Harrison, Duncan Hollis, Bill Kelley, Tom Lee, John Manning, Maeva Marcus, Mark McKenna, Henry Monaghan, David Moore, Julian Mortenson, Sean Murphy, John Nagle, Ralph Steinhardt, Paul Stephan, Ed Swaine, Jay Tidmarsh, Roger Trangsrud, Amanda Tyler, Carlos Vázquez, Julian Velasco, and Ingrid Wuerth for helpful comments. In addition, we thank participants in the 2010 Potomac Foreign Relations Law Roundtable at The George Washington University Law School, the 2010 Workshop of the International Law in Domestic Courts Interest Group of the American Society of International Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and faculty workshops at The George Washington University and Notre Dame Law Schools. We give special thanks to research librarian Patti Ogden for her exceptional, expert research assistance. We also thank Notre Dame law students and alumni Nick Curcio, Katie Hammond, John Lindermuth, and Carolyn Wendel and George Washington University law students and alumni Benjamin Kapnik, Heather Shaffer, and Owen Smith for excellent research assistance.