Despite the voluminous academic literature on the origins, purpose, and significance of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), there has been very little attention paid to the policy consequences of allowing wide-ranging litigation under the statute. Alan Sykes’s economic analysis of ATS litigation against corporations, therefore, fills an important gap in the ATS literature. It is the first attempt to apply a rigorous law and economics analysis to the ATS. This intervention is especially important as the Supreme Court reconsiders the role of federal courts in the management of ATS litigation.
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