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Israel: Court Recognizes U.S. Foreign State Immunity in Employment Suit

(Feb. 2, 2016) On January 8, 2016, Israel’s National Labor Court accepted an appeal by the United States of a decision of the Jerusalem regional labor court. The regional court had rejected the U.S. claim of foreign sovereign immunity in a suit filed against the U.S. by a former employee (the respondent) of its consulate […]

Russian Federation: New Law Allows Seizure of Foreign Governments’ Property

(Dec. 2, 2015) On November 3, 2015, President Vladimir Putin signed the Law on Jurisdictional Immunity of a Foreign State and a Foreign State’s Property in the Russian Federation (Federal Law No. 297-FZ (Nov. 3, 2015), PRAVO.GOV official government portal) (in Russian).) The law is scheduled to enter into force on January 1, 2016. (Id. […]

United States: Supreme Court Addresses Scope of Foreign Governments’ Immunity to Discovery

(June 26, 2014) The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA) does not grant immunity to foreign governments from discovery proceedings in litigation over the execution of judgments. (Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd., No. 12-842 (June 16, 2014), Supreme Court website.) In 2001, the petitioner, […]

China; Hong Kong: Congo Assets Case Tests Sovereign Immunity

(Sept. 1, 2011) On August 26, 2011, China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously affirmed an earlier decision of a Hong Kong court, declaring that companies cannot sue sovereign states to recover assets. (Sovereign States Get Legal Immunity in Hong Kong, VOICE OF AMERICA (Aug. 26, 2011); Zhao Yinan, Top Legislature Interprets HK Law, […]