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This Comment analyzes the history, jurisprudence, and contemporary status of the Alien Tort Statute, which allows foreign citizens to bring suit in US courts for violations of international law. It attempts to answer two unresolved questions relating to the Alien Tort Statute. First, can domestic corporations be sued under the statue? Based on an analysis of the statute’s text, its history, and lower court decisions, this Comment argues that they rightly should be. This Comment will also define what sort of conduct suffices for an Alien Tort Statute lawsuit to be brought against a domestic corporation and concludes that a domestic corporation must have violated international law either within the United States or in territory unclaimed by any nation.

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