Keywords: Alien Tort Statute; Corporate Accountability; Human Rights; Jurisdiction; Minimum Contacts; European Union.
With its Opinion in "Kiobel", the US Supreme Court denies that the ATS provides federal courts
with jurisdiction in cases brought by foreign plaintiffs complaining against foreign defendants for
international law violations committed abroad. While rejecting extraterritorial jurisdiction over
'foreign-cubed' cases, even if concerning corporate gross human rights violations, the Opinion
leaves several problematic issues unsolved. This paper aims at examining them. After recalling the
previous Opinion in "Sosa", and examining the presumption against extraterritoriality and the characterization
of the ATS as a domestic provision for universal civil jurisdiction, it addresses the corresponding
European Union's legal framework, as established by Regulations Nos 44/2001 and
1215/2012, with the aim of raising the question of the ATS's residual application and the competent
"forum" to adjudicate future disputes on overseas corporate human rights violations.