Samantar V. Yousef: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and Foreign Officials
This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. On June 1, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Samantar v. Yousef that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), which governs the immunity of foreign states in U.S. courts, does not apply in suits against foreign officials. The ruling clarifies that officials of foreign governments, whether present or former, are not entitled to invoke the FSIA as a shield, unless the foreign state is the real party in interest in the case. The ruling leaves open the possibility that foreign officials have recourse to other sources of immunity or other defenses to jurisdiction or the merits of a lawsuit. Contents: Introduction; The FSIA; Circuit Split on Foreign Official Immunity; ¿Samantar v. Yousef¿; The FSIA: Post ¿Samantar¿; Options for Official Immunity Following ¿Samantar¿.
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