Kristin Myles Discusses Human Rights Litigation After the 2013 Kiobel Decision

On July 16, Munger, Tolles & Olson litigation attorney Kristin Linsley Myles discussed the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. Kiobel held that the presumption against extraterritoriality applies to the Alien Tort Statute, and nothing in the statute rebuts that presumption.

“Human Rights Litigation After the 2013 Kiobel Decision” reviewed the Court’s decision and analyzed how and where plaintiffs will prosecute human rights claims going forward. It also considered the types of claims that “touch and concern” the United States with “sufficient force” to displace the presumption against extraterritoriality, in the words of the Kiobel majority.

The panel was sponsored by the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Munger Tolles attorney Aaron G. Leiderman, a Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section, organized the panel.

Ms. Myles’ practice focuses on complex business litigation in a wide spectrum of matters affecting the firm’s corporate clients. Mr. Leiderman’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation. Both are resident in the San Francisco office.