Two different groups of protesters have brought civil suits against Turkey in response to violence by Turkish security officials outside the ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. They have a surprisingly strong, if unconvincing, argument.
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Vacates and Remands District Court Ruling in Linde v. Arab Bank
On February 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed down a decision in Linde v. Arab Bank. The appellate court vacated and remanded the district court's ruling that Arab Bank could be held liable under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for injuries acquired through terrorist attacks in Israel conducted by Hamas, given the bank's provision of financial services to the organization.
Bruce Riedel discusses the consequences the JASTA bill will have on U.S.-Saudi relations.
Syrian rebels are preparing for a battle the Islamic State associates with an end-times prophecy. Israel lays its last founding father to rest. And Congress gets buyer’s remorse after passing JASTA.
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.
Representative Adam Smith (D-WA), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, has written the following letter in opposition to JASTA.
The current version of JASTA is the worst of all worlds.
JASTA invites shrinkage of sovereign immunity abroad that will harm the United States and impede our antiterrorism activities, result in default judgments and refusals to pay rather than any justice to victims, and bizarrely privatizes antiterrorism by leaving it to litigants and judges to determine what states sponsor terrorism.
Congress is using a traditional mechanism which appropriately balances the implicated interests and advances legitimate sovereign interests and is preferable to the suggested alternative.