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Part II The Sources of the Law of State Immunity, 8 US Law: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act 1976

Hazel Fox, Philippa Webb

From: The Law of State Immunity (Revised and Updated 3rd Edition)

Hazel Fox, QC, Philippa Webb

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2024

Subject(s):
Diplomatic missions — Diplomatic relations — Heads of state and other senior officials — Immunity from jurisdiction, absolute — Immunity from jurisdiction, execution of judgments — Acta jure imperii — Acta jure gestionis — Immunity from jurisdiction, waiver — Takings, legal and illegal (confiscatory measures) — Sovereignty — Responsibility of states — Attachment — Codification

This chapter provides an account of the codification of the restrictive doctrine of State immunity by the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act 1976 (the FSIA), which has been amended several times since its adoption. It includes a brief description of the jurisdiction of federal courts under the FSIA and describes the FSIA's major provisions. This overview also includes a summary of other legislation under which, despite the bar of State immunity, proceedings against officials of foreign States or against designated State sponsors of terrorism may be instituted in US courts, and ends with an account of the US law of immunity from execution of State property.

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