Passed by the first Congress in 1789 to combat, among others, acts of piracy on the high-seas, the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), 28 U.S.C. § 1350, grants federal district courts jurisdiction over "any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States."
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