Kristin Myles Addresses Alien Tort DevelopmentsĀ 

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Kristin Linsley Myles will discuss recent developments in Alien Tort Statute litigation at this year’s American Society of International Law (ASIL) conference on Nov. 4. 

Ms. Myles has been engaged in this developing and complex area of the law since 1996. Most recently, in a September 2010 ruling in favor of Munger Tolles client Archer Daniels Midland, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles became the first court to find that the Alien Tort Statute does not extend liability to corporations--an issue that now is the subject of competing decisions in three courts of appeal. In the Archer Daniels case, Judge Wilson agreed with Munger Tolles that the liability of corporations must be resolved as a matter of international law, and there is a lack of precedent for applying international human rights law to corporate entities, as opposed to individuals.

Munger Tolles is proud to sponsor this year’s ASIL conference which provides aspiring lawyers interested in international law with an opportunity to network with attorneys, academics, judges, students and others interested in international law.

Held on Nov. 3-5, the conference will consist of the ASIL Midyear Meeting, a Research Forum, a career and mentoring fair, a number of panels and a discussion about the globalization of legal issues in the entertainment industry.

ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization whose mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. The society has 4,000 members from nearly 100 countries.

Ms. Myles is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of the firm. She focuses on complex business litigation in a wide spectrum of matters affecting the firm’s corporate clients.