Alien Tort Claims Act, ATCA
(28 US Code, Chapter 85, Sec. 1350)
Adopted in 1789 as part of the original Judiciary Act
[Title 28 - Judiciary And Judicial Procedure
Part IV - Jurisdiction And Venue
Chapter 85 - District Courts; Jurisdiction]
Sec. 1350 - Alien's action for tort
The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.
Notes on Sec. 1350. (As provided by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School website):
June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 934.
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
Based on title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 41(17) (Mar. 3, 1911, ch. 231, Sec. 24, par. 17, 36 Stat. 1093). Words ''civil action'' were substituted for ''suits,'' in view of Rule 2 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Changes in phraseology were made
See also the Torture Victim Protection Act
Economic and Social Rights
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