In July the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the latest federal court to cite an influential law review article on corporate responsibility for human rights published by Professor Douglass Cassel, Director of the Notre Dame Law School Center for Civil and Human Rights.
At issue in the case, Flomo v. Firestone Natural Rubber Company, was whether corporations involved in human rights violations overseas can be sued for money damages under the Alien Tort Claims Act.
Professor Cassel’s article, Corporate Aiding and Abetting of Human Rights Violations: Confusion in the Courts, can be found at 6 Nw. U. J. Int’l Hum. Rts. 304. A discussion of the issue raised by the case is available at the home page for the NDLS Center for Civil and Human Rights.
The Center for Civil Rights was founded in 1973 by the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., then-president of Notre Dame and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from its inception during the Eisenhower Administration until 1973.