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Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 04-20-12 featuring Eugene Kontorovich

April 20, 2012

Eugene Kontorovich

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  Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority - Post-Decision SCOTUScast - MP3
Running Time: 00:09:28

Eugene KontorovichOn April 18, 2012 the Supreme Court announced its decision in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority. The question in this case was whether organizations, and not merely natural persons, can be held liable for violations of the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA).

In an opinion delivered by Justice Sotomayor, the Court held unanimously that the term "individuals" in the Torture Victim Protection Act encompasses only natural persons, such that organizations cannot be held liable for violations of the TVPA.  Justice Scalia joined the majority opinion in all except Part III-B, and Justice Breyer filed a concurring opinion.

To discuss the case, we have Eugene Kontorovich, who is a professor at the Northwestern University School of Law.

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Opinion - April 18, 2012 (PDF)
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