Tag: Africa

Rethinking Kiobel: Is there room for human rights in anticorruption enforcement?

Posted on April 21st, by Maryum Jordan in LIDS LIVE. 1 Comment

April 21, 2014 – Maryum Jordan

This post was originally published in the Global Anticorruption Blog, an exciting new initiative by Harvard Law School professor, and LIDS mentor, Matthew Stephenson. Six current and former LIDS members–Rajarshi Banerjee, Daniel Holman, Maryum Jordan, Meng Lu, Philip Underwood, and Colette van der Ven–are contributors to the Blog. LIDS Live will post brief introductions to their posts, and direct you to the Blog to read the rest.

It is the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. In its decision, the Court narrowed the admissibility of Alien Tort Statute (ATS) claims related to extraterritorial human rights abuses, ruling that such claims are not actionable unless the claim has a sufficient nexus to U.S. territory. What kind of nexus is enough for an ATS case arising from exterritorial conduct? For cases involving foreign multinational companies, such as the defendant Royal Dutch Petroleum in Kiobel, a “mere corporate presence” in the U.S. is not enough.

A striking feature of this holding is the clear contrast between how a “mere corporate presence” in the U.S. is not enough for an ATS claim based on extraterritorial conduct, but is sufficient for a Foreign Corrupt Practices … Read More »


US Moves to Freeze and Seize Nigerian Dictator Abacha’s Assets–But Who Will Get the Money?

Posted on March 10th, by Rajarshi Banerjee in Uncategorized. No Comments

This post was originally published in the Global Anticorruption Blog, an exciting new initiative by Harvard Law School professor, and LIDS mentor, Matthew Stephenson. Six current and former LIDS members–Rajarshi Banerjee, Daniel Holman, Maryum Jordan, Meng Lu, Philip Underwood, and Colette van der Ven–are contributors to the Blog. LIDS Live will post brief introductions to their posts, and direct you to the Blog to read the rest.

By Rajarshi Banerjee

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had frozen about $458 million in corruption proceeds that former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his conspirators allegedly embezzled from Nigeria’s central bank, laundered through U.S. financial institutions, and deposited in bank accounts around the world. The freeze is a first step in the DOJ’s largest-ever forfeiture action under its recent Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (KARI).  There is much to say about this development, but the question that most immediately comes to my mind (and likely many Nigerians’ minds) is: What will the DOJ do with all this money? Continue reading on the Global Anticorruption Blog →


Power Africa: The Most Exciting Development Initiative of 2013

Posted on January 24th, by John Rennie in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

Jan. 24, 2014 – John Rennie

This past summer President Obama announced what I believe is perhaps the most exciting development program currently underway. Phase One of Power Africa seeks to increase access to electricity for 20 million Africans. The impacts of this program are potentially transformative and can alter the participating country’s economic trajectory.

The statistics on the lack of electricity in Africa are long and shocking. Only one third of sub-Saharan Africans (SSA) have access of electricity, leaving over 600 million people without power and forcing them to spend significant amounts of their income on costly and unhealthy forms of energy, such as diesel. It also deprives them of educational opportunities, restricts economic productivity, and hinders communication. Perhaps the most astonishing fact I have heard about the lack of electricity in Africa is that the entire country of Liberia uses the same amount of power as the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium.

Power Africa aims to change this. Taking a collaborative approach and partnering with multiple organizations, such as African governments, numerous development banks such as the African Development Bank, and the private sector, Power Africa aims to pool and leverage the resources needed to develop the necessary power infrastructure in select African … Read More »