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Law professor featured in National Law Journal for dedication to international law

February 7, 2012

Professor Michael Bazyler

Professor Michael Bazyler from Chapman University’s School of Law was featured as “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” in The National Law Journal. The profile appeared in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal and focused on Bazyler’s commitment to an amicus briefing asking the Supreme Court to apply the Alien Tort Statute to foreign corporations. The statute allows non-citizens to seek justice in U.S. courts for violations of international human rights law regardless of where the alleged crimes occurred.

Bazyler cited the influence and precedence of the Nuremberg Trials in the amicus brief filed in connection with Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which will be argued on Feb. 28 in tandem with Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority.

In the journal article Bazyler is quoted: “Here we are more than 60 years after the Nuremberg trials where the U.S. Supreme Court will be deciding what is the binding precedent of the Nuremberg trials on international law and, as a consequence, on U.S. law because the Alien Tort Statute says you use international law as basis for jurisdiction,” said Bazyler. “To me it is amazing we are doing this right now. It’s exciting. I wish amicus counsel were allowed to come in and argue even for just two minutes.”

The complete story can be found in the Feb. 1 issue. Journal subscribers may access a full version online.

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