Tag Archives: Informed Consent

Looking Ahead: Indigenous Peoples and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

2010 was a big year for indigenous rights. By the end of the year, the four countries that had voted against the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”) in 2007 – the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – had reversed their positions and declared their support for the Declaration. This development reflects the rising importance of indigenous rights on the international stage,… More

Supreme Court Rejects Pfizer’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Alien Tort Statute Case

On June 29th, the United States Supreme Court declined to grant a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Pfizer Inc. seeking review of a January 2009 decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals involving claims brought under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). The Second Circuit’s decision held that Nigerian plaintiffs could properly bring claims against Pfizer under the ATS for “violation of the norm of customary international law prohibiting medical experimentation on human subjects without their consent.” … More