Recent developments in US legislation on modern slavery

The recent introduction of the Federal Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Bill (H.R. 4842) on 11 June 2014 (the “Bill”) is the U.S. government’s latest initiative in developing its approach towards human rights protections in business. The Bill builds on the California Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act, which … Read more

US Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Alien Tort Statute Action in the Kiobel case

In a much-anticipated decision concerning the reach of the Alien Tort Claims Act (“ATS”) to foreign actors, the US Supreme Court has concluded that ATS claims alleging a violation of international law “occurring outside the United States” are “barred.” Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. — U.S. —, No. 10–1491, slip op. at 14 (Apr. … Read more