West Law Report

The Next President and the Courts

Posted in John Yoo, Separation of power, US Supreme Court by mrkooenglish on May 21, 2008

An UC Berkely event
Feb 2008

(1 hr 30 min)


  • Jesse Choper, Professor of Law, School of Law – Boalt Hall;
  • Susan Estrich, Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law;
  • William K. Kelley, Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame School of Law


  • John Yoo, Professor of Law, School of Law – Boalt Hall

D.C. Circuit Declines To Overturn Lower Court’s Finding of Justiciability in Tort Suit Brought by Indonesian Villagers

Havard Law Review case summary (Issue 121, Jan 2008): Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 473 F.3d 345 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (.pdf) (8 pages)


In 2001, Exxon Mobil Corporation (Exxon) operated a natural gas extraction and processing facility in the Aceh province of Indonesia. Eleven Acehnese villagers sued Exxon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that Exxon’s security forces — composed of members of the Indonesian military — committed murder, torture, sexual assault, and other tortious acts against them. The plaintiffs brought claims under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), in addition to common law tort claims. Exxon filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on the ground that the claims were nonjusticiable political questions.

Giving the constitution to the courts

Posted in Constitution of United States, judical supremacy by mrkooenglish on May 18, 2008

Jamal Greene’s book review (Yale Law Journal, Mar 2008): Keith Whittington, Political Foundations of judical supremacy (NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007)