The Federalist Society

What Corporate Acts Create Exposure for International Law Violations?”

New York City Lawyers Chapter

Julian Ku, Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Richard Herz

Start : Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:00 PM

End   : Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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The Cornell Club
6 East 44th Street
New York, NY


  • Richard L. Herz, Litigation Coordinator, NGO Earthrights International
  • Julian Ku, Associate Professor, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Vince Vitkowsky, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (moderator)

Under the Alien Tort Statute, US courts can award damages in tort for certain violations of international law, including human rights violations committed in foreign countries. Some cases are brought against former dictators and their direct accomplices. Others are brought against corporations which allegedly aided and abetted abuses by foreign governments. This program will address the legal and policy implications of these cases.

Richard L. Herz is Litigation Coordinator of the NGO Earthrights International. He directs litigation against multinational corporations under the Alien Tort Statute for alleged international human rights violations and environmental abuses. He is co-counsel for the plaintiffs in Doe v. Unocal, Bowoto v. Chevron, Sahu v. Union Carbide and Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.

Julian Ku is an Associate Professor at Hofstra University School of Law, teaching international, constitutional, and corporate law. His main research interest is the intersection of international and domestic law. He has recently published articles on the constitutional aspects of foreign relations in the Yale Law Journal, the Supreme Court Review and Constitutional Commentary. He also is a co-founder of the international law weblog

Vince Vitkowsky is a partner in Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and a member of the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society's International and National Security Law Practice Group.

Registration details:

7:00 p.m. (Reception at 6:00 p.m.)

Admission is free - open to the public.

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