Torture Victim Protection Act Applies Only to Individuals, not to Palestinian Authority, Says U.S. Supreme Court

Today, in a case involving the alleged torture and death of a naturalized U.S. citizen at the hands of the Palestinian Authority, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Torture Victim Protection Act, which authorizes a cause of action against “[a]n individual” for acts of torture and extrajudicial killing committed under authority or color of law of any foreign nation, imposes liability only on natural persons, and does not apply to organizations. Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority, No. 11–88 (U.S. Sup. Ct. April 18, 2012).

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