In May 2017, protests in Washington, D.C., against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended in violence by Turkish security officials.
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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.
Now that Congress has overridden President Obama’s veto of JASTA, many members of Congress seem to be experiencing buyer’s remorse as they contemplate the possible implications for the United States, including its own sovereign immunity and its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
This post originally appeared on Markaz.
Syrian Rebels Advancing on Symbolic Islamic State-Occupied Town
Free Syrian Army rebels, backed by the United States and bolstered by Turkey’s Euphrates Shield intervention, are advancing on the Islamic State stronghold of Dabiq, located north of Aleppo along the western edge of the Islamic State’s territory.
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. President Obama vetoed the bill on Friday, September 23rd, and the Senate is set to vote to override the veto.
Steve Vladeck and I disagreed about the virtues and vices of the original JASTA bill. But we agree that the version of JASTA now on its way to the President’s desk—which reflects dramatic changes introduced by Senator Cornyn last May—should be vetoed.
Today at 10 am, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing on S. 2040, the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.” As readers of this blog are aware, this bill passed the Senate unanimously and now is before the House.
I’d like to add a counterpoint to Jack’s recent assessment that Congress, by passing JASTA, would be shirking its duty by not more directly resolving the claims that the victims of the 9/11 attacks press against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. My views are no doubt shaped by my participation in the litigation on behalf of certain victims of the attacks, principally in various appellate proceedings.