Haim Abraham

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Haim Abraham is a Vanier Scholar and a doctor of juridical science candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. In his current research, he examines states’ moral and legal obligations to compensate noncombatants who suffered wrongful losses during belligerent activities. He received a master of laws degree from the University of Cambridge, and a bachelor degree in law and in humanities (magna cum laude) from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was on the editorial board of the Israel Law Review. Before returning to academia, he served as a law clerk in the civil department of the Israel State Attorney Office.

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Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

Awarding Punitive Damages Against Foreign States Is Dangerous and Counterproductive

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held recently that Syria is liable for the death of American war correspondent Marie Colvin and awarded Colvin’s family $302.5 million—$2.5 million in compensatory damages and $300 million in punitive damages. Colvin was killed in Syria when President Bashar Assad’s forces bombed the Baba Amr Media Center in Homs while she was in the facility.