International human rights norms can be, and have been, invoked in domestic litigation in a wide variety of contexts. State and federal courts in the United States have considered human rights claims - including those brought under the Alien Tort Statute - and the United States' international legal obligations on a range of issues. Panelists illustrated the ways in which international norms can be used to advance accountability for human rights abuses and strengthen arguments for protection or redress, but also identified the challenges and limitations of these strategies.

Chimène Keitner, UC Hastings College of the Law
Kathy Roberts, Center for Justice & Accountability
Naomi Roht-Arriaza, UC Hastings College of the Law
Karen Musalo, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

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