Monday, October 30, 2017
No, it's not what you're thinking! This . . . is about a new resource for US human rights teaching.
The NPR radio podcast program "More Perfect" has posted an excellent episode focused on the Alien Tort Statute, titled Enemy of Mankind. The program explains the colorful history of the venerable ATS, then flashes forward to the 2d circuit case of Filartiga v. Pena and works through the case with interviews of Filartiga family members and other relevant background. Finally, the podcast makes clear the stakes in Jesner v. Arab Bank, recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. All in all, a great platform for launching classroom discussions of the ATS.
If you aren't familiar with More Perfect, check it out. There are episodes available on the death penalty, Korematsu, Dred Scott, gerrymandering, and other important topics relating to the Supreme Court's docket today.