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Event Title:  The Alien Tort Statute and Transnational Accountability in the Age of "Kiobel"
NYS CLE Credit Program
Date:   Nov 14, 2013
Time:   9:00AM - 2:45PM ET

Columbia Law School
Jerome L. Greene Hall, Lobby Level, Room 103
435 West 116th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027


This program will focus on the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) as a tool for seeking accountability for serious human rights violations, particularly in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.  Participants will receive a grounding in the ATS, domestic accountability mechanisms, and the interplay between the ATS and foreign courts.

9:00 A.M. – 9:15 A.M. WELCOME
9:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. OPENING REMARKS
Sarah Cleveland
Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Diretor, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
9:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 2.5 Areas of Professional Practice
N.B. CLE Sign-out from Morning Session will close at 12:00 pm

9:30 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 1.0, Areas of Professional Practice
Introduction to the ATS: Then and Now
This session will provide an introduction to the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and situate it in global movements and efforts for accountability for serious human rights violations, from Filartiga through Kiobel and beyond. It will review the different requirements of the ATS, regarding scope of violations, territorial reach or party-specific limitations, and current issues at play in ATS litigation.

Baher Azmy, Moderator
Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Ralph Steinhardt
Professor of Law and International Affairs, Arthur Selwyn Miller Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
Pam Spees
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
10:20 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. BREAK
10:30 A.M. – 11:45 P.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 1.5, Areas of Professional Practice
The Domestic Remedies Toolbox: ATS and Beyond
This session will survey various domestic mechanisms and frameworks to pursue accountability within the U.S. legal system for human rights violations by individuals and corporations, and examine how the ATS complements or supplements other avenues for redress.
Moderator: TBD
Agnieszka Fryszman
Partner, Cohen Milstein
Terrence Collingsworth
Partner, Conrad & Scherer
Marco Simons
Legal Director, EarthRights International
11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. Lunch/Keynote
Sarah Cleveland, Moderator
Paul Hoffman
Partner, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP
Peter Weiss
Board Vice President, Center for Constitutional Rights
12:45 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. LUNCH
1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
NYS CLE Credit: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice
N.B. CLE Sign-in for Afternoon Session re-opens at 1:15 pm

1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

NYS CLE Credit: 1.5, Areas of Professional Practice
The ATS and Foreign Courts
This session will examine specific cases in foreign courts where domestic tort and criminal law are being used to hold individuals and corporations accountable for their role in egregious human rights violations, and discuss how litigation under the ATS has impacted and influenced litigation in foreign courts. This session will also examine how accountability, like violations, is being pursued transnationally, including under the ATS.
Anthea Roberts, Moderator
Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Richard Meeran
Partner, Leigh Day
Genevieve Paul
Business and Human Rights Program Officer, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Katherine Gallagher
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
2:30 - 2:45 P.M.
Closing Remarks
Paul Hoffman

Please note that all rates are "per person" and, as flat fees, cannot be prorated according to attendance. There is a required attendance fee of $325.00 per person. Reduced rates are available for attorneys and persons who are serving in public interest organizations (including government, academic, and non- and not-for profit organizations) or are experiencing financial hardship. A reduced rate is also extended to currently enrolled students of institutions other than Columbia Law School.
Professional/Private Practice: $325
Public Interest/Nonprofit/Academia/Government: $75
Current Students: Gratis. To register, students must email Greta Moseson. We are setting aside a limited number of spaces for students and will set up a waiting list when this number is reached. Please contact Greta to RSVP or to notify of your cancellation so we can move someone off of the waitlist. Students should not register through the online portal.
Hardship Scholarship:
A limited number of financial hardship scholarships will be available on a case-by-case basis to interested attorneys and persons in need. Scholarship applications should detail in a few sentences the basis of the applicant's need and the background to his or her interest. Applications should be directed to Greta Moseson, Human Rights Institute Program Manager

Please preregister to attend. Confirmed reservations are transferrable. Kindly notify Megan Savage of cancellations or transfers as soon as possible.
CLS Cancellation Policy

Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live transitional and non-transitional CLE program will provide in aggregate a maximum of four (4.0) credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. CLE credit is awarded only for full attendance of the Morning Program and/or the Afternoon Program in their entirety; both the Morning Program and the Afternoon Program consist of two sessions each. Attorneys attending only part of a Program are not eligible for partial credit for it, although they are most welcome to attend it. Attendance is determined by an attorney's sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Symposium registers. Please note that there will be separate registers for the Morning Program and for the Afternoon Program, with sign-out and sign-in required for the Lunch Break. On sign-out, both in the morning and in the afternoon or otherwise on departure, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Symposium. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.

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Registration for this event is now closed. Please email Greta Moseson to request late registration.