The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC further restricts federal private litigation to vindicate international human rights law, perhaps to a vanishing point. In retrospect, even Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain’s guarded endorsement of such lawsuits seems exceptional. Both Kiobel v.
Pierre-Hugues Verdier is the E. James Kelly Jr.—Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia School of Law. He teaches and writes on public international law, banking and financial regulation, and international economic relations.
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