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An Act to define the jurisdiction of United States courts in suits against foreign states, the circumstances in which foreign states are immune from suit and in which execution may not be levied on their property, and for other purposes. It also establishes specific procedures for service of process, attachment of property and execution of judgment in proceedings against a foreign state. Sovereign immunity has long been the norm in U. Supreme Court held that a private party could not sue the government of France. In that case, the Supreme Court concluded that a plaintiff cannot sue a foreign sovereign claiming ownership to a war ship which had taken refuge in Philadelphia.
Relying on common law principles, U. In addition, courts generally relied on suggestions of immunity filed by the U. State Department in actions against foreign sovereigns. The United States was the first nation to codify the law of foreign sovereign immunity by statute. Though the Act places the determination of sovereign immunity fully in the hands of the judiciary, many courts have expressed reluctance to find that a defendant is a sovereign if the “state” in question is one that the U. The FSIA is in practice primarily a jurisdictional statute.
For the most part, it indicates what conditions must be met in order for a lawsuit against a foreign state to be instituted, not what conduct by a foreign sovereign is actionable. If a foreign defendant qualifies as a “Foreign State” under the FSIA, the Act provides that it shall be immune to suit in any U. FSIA could not give jurisdiction to the district court since it was not a case “arising under” federal law. The Supreme Court then found that since any invocation of jurisdiction under the FSIA would necessarily involve analysis of the exceptions to FSIA, FSIA cases by definition arise under federal law. Foreign State” is defined at 28 U. Once the defendant establishes that it is a foreign state, for the lawsuit to proceed, the plaintiff must prove that one of the Act’s exceptions to immunity apply.
The exceptions define both the types of actions as to which immunity does not attach and the territorial nexus required for adjudication in U. The exceptions are listed at 28 U. That case involved a claim by the descendants of owners of famous paintings against the Austrian government for return of those paintings, which were allegedly seized during the Nazi era. FSIA standards of immunity and its exceptions apply, even where the conduct that took place prior to enactment of the FSIA.
Supreme Court held that the FSIA provides the “sole basis for obtaining jurisdiction over a foreign state”. 1982 was struck by an air to surface rocket fired by an Argentine jet. 1350 and general admiralty law. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. The FSIA only applies to lawsuits involving a “foreign state. Supreme Court determined that in order for a government owned corporation to qualify as a Foreign State under the FSIA because a majority of its “shares or other ownership interest” are owned by a foreign state or political subdivision, the foreign state must directly own a majority of the corporation’s shares.
Hawaii Federal Court on the basis that the FSIA applied. The Supreme Court concluded that because the Israeli government did not directly own a majority of the companies shares, the corporations could not be considered “Foreign States” and the FSIA therefore did not apply. The court specifically rejected the companies’ argument that Israel’s majority interest in the companies through indirect ownership qualified as an “other ownership interest” under the FSIA or that Israel’s actual control over the corporations would qualify. In reaching its conclusion the court also held that the determination as to whether a defendant qualifies as a Foreign State is made at the time the plaintiff files the complaint. However, the Supreme Court in 2010 decided that the Act does not extend immunity to a government official acting on behalf of a state. June 2010, the Supreme Court found that there is nothing to suggest that “foreign state” within the FSIA should be read to include an official acting on behalf of that state.
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