Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act v Alien Tort Statute?

Sounds like Alien v Predator.  Well, the Supreme Court might have taken up that question, but in the event, decided not to get involved with it.  My Opinio Juris co-blogger Duncan Hollis explains at OJ.  The case handed down today is Samantar v Yousef.  I concur with Duncan’s takeaway:

For human rights activists, however, the case had real import for the future of litigation under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) … My own first take, however, is a simple one, namely, that human rights activists should be breathing a huge sigh of relief tonight.  The Court had a chance here to gut the ATS, and it declined to do so.

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