Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC


Does the Alien Tort Statute prohibit corporate liability?1

  1. We talked about this case in Episode 37. More information about the case can be found here

8-1 Arab Bank

6-3 Arab Bank

5-4 Jesner

Case Outcome

5-4 Arab Bank


According to Oyez:

Several alien individuals were injured, kidnapped, or killed by terrorists in attacks against Israeli citizens overseas. The surviving aliens and the families of those who perished in the attacks accused Arab Bank, PLC (Arab Bank), a bank corporation headquartered in Jordan, of financing and facilitating various terrorist organizations involved in the attacks. The survivors sued Arab Bank in New York federal court under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which provides for federal district court jurisdiction over civil actions brought by aliens.

Radiolab did a terrific podcast on this case.

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