An Overlooked Gateway to Victim Compensation: How States Can Provide a Forum for Human Rights Claims

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Dorsey & Whitney Student Writing Prize In Comparative And International Law Outstanding Note Award Winner

This Note argues that state statutory and common law causes of action are viable alternatives to the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). After discussing the challenges to bringing ATS claims in federal court, this Note examines cases brought against corporations and individuals for human rights violations under state law. Although state law claims are not without their set of challenges, this Note argues that they have been used successfully by foreign plaintiffs in suits for wrongs committed outside the United States.