Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

Document: Supreme Court Decision in Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran

By William Ford
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5:21 PM

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran that Section 1610(g) of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) does not provide a freestanding basis for allowing parties that hold terrorism-related judgments under Section 1605(a) of the FSIA to attach and execute the property of foreign states that would otherwise be subject to sovereign immunity protections. Consequently, American victims of a 1997 terrorist attack in Jerusalem who secured judgments against the Islamic Republic of Iran under Section 1605(a) cannot enforce those judgments by attaching Iranian antiquities currently being held by the University of Chicago.