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Free BurmaTransnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability$
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John G. Dale

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646463

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646463.001.0001

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Alien Tort Claims: Adjudicating Human Rights Abuses Abroad

Alien Tort Claims: Adjudicating Human Rights Abuses Abroad

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(p.170) 5 Alien Tort Claims: Adjudicating Human Rights Abuses Abroad
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Free Burma
Author(s):

John G. Dale

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816646463.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the campaign to hold Unocal liable, within the U.S. jurisdiction, for various alleged human rights abuses committed by their business partners for the purpose of completing the gas pipeline project in Burma. In 1996, a dozen Burmese ethnic-minority peasants sued the Unocal Corporation in a U.S. court in a case titled Doe v. Unocal; the suit was filed under the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA). The judicial struggle of this case represents a stunning achievement for the Free Burma Movement, as the settlement was a victory for the plaintiffs. This led to more than a dozen similar suits filed against other corporations on the model of the transnational legal strategy used in the Unocal case.

Keywords:   Doe v. Unocal, Alien Tort Claims Act, Free Burma movement, transnational legal strategy, human rights

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