Alejandro Garro

Alejandro M. Garro teaches Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and sits at advisory board of Human Rights Watch/Americas, the Center for Justice and International Law, and the Due Process of Law Foundation.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Corporations Should Be Held Liable for Human Rights Violations
Several NGOs have filed an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to review the ruling of an appeals court that corporations, under international law, cannot be held liable for damages on account of serious human rights violations. The Supreme Court should take the case and hold that, if supported by the evidence, civil damages is an available remedy against corporations for aiding and abetting international wrongs.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Keeping "Secrets and Lies" on Argentina's Past
For a relatively slight margin, the US Congress rejected an amendment by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D) to declassify files on Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The refusal to declassify files on Argentina is likely to have momentous consequences on the fate of hundreds of babies stolen or “disappeared” during those years. Many of those babies were born in clandestine torture centers, while others were adopted or given in adoption by the same members of the military or police personnel responsible for their parents’ disappearance.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Lessons from Guantánamo
President's Obama promise to close Guantánamo will go a long way towards ending one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. legal history. An effective closure, however, calls for reflection on some lessons to be drawn from this sad chapter of our constitutional history and for the new administration to act upon those lessons.
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Texaco's Toxic Legacy In Ecuador
It can be considered one of the most unequal battles in the world today. It pits a group of indigenous people in Ecuador, almost totally devoid of material resources, against one of the most powerful oil corporations in the world. The outcome of this battle will impact them for the rest of their lives.
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