The New York Times reports that the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company is back at the U.S. Supreme Court, where during oral argument, several justices asked fundamental questions about how far U.S. law reaches in its pursuit of human rights.

The New York Times reports that the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company is back at the U.S. Supreme Court, where during oral argument, several justices asked fundamental questions about how far U.S. law reaches in its pursuit of human rights.

The case was brought by 12 Nigerians against English and Dutch oil companies alleging, according to the Times, that the companies “had been complicit in torture and executions committed by the Abacha dictatorship in Nigeria.” The lawsuit was brought under the Alien Tort Statute of 1787, which allows foreigners to file lawsuits in U.S. courts.