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Does President Trump Control Head-of-State Immunity Determinations in US Courts?

President Trump’s foreign business dealings and his own exposure to suit in foreign courts, Russian meddling in U.S. elections and cybersecurity more broadly, as well as the President’s thin-skinned, personal style of politics all illustrate the dangers of allowing the executive branch to make foreign official immunity determinations binding on the courts.

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An Art Museum Amendment to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

A little-noticed bill to amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”) passed both houses of Congress in December and was signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 16, 2016.   The bill (“ The Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act (FCEJCA)” or “Art Museum Amendment”) narrows the expropriation exception in the FSIA to provide greater immunity for foreign states which send works of art to the United States for temporary exhibit.  Unfortunately, the FCEJA may ultimately be more harmful than helpful to foreign states.

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Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act: Initial Analysis

Congress has overridden President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). JASTA has been rightly criticized by other commentators (for example here and here); my purpose here is to analyze several of its important features and to raise some questions about how they will be interpreted.

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More Threats to Sovereign Immunity? New Bill Would Strip State-Owned Companies of Immunity

Days after Congress passed JASTA, Senator Grassley introduced legislation that would further amend the FSIA to strip foreign state-owned companies of immunity for the commercial actions of their subsidiaries in the United States.

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