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Mwani v. Al Qaeda

A federal magistrate judge issued a noteworthy decision yesterday in Mwani v. Al Qaeda—a case filed several years ago by victims of the 1998 truck bombing of the U.S. 572 more words

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Arab Bank Case Sets Limited Precedent

On Monday September 22, 2014, a jury in the US District Court of Brooklyn found that the Arab Bank is liable for financing terrorism. This is the first jury trial to find a bank liable for financing terrorism under the 1990 Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). 1,006 more words

International Human Rights Law

murrankerschensteiner reblogged this on Murran Kerschensteiner and commented:

Great analysis from Intl Law Grrls of the asymmetry in the US between the non-justiciability of claims against the Israeli state versus the permissibility of claims against Palestine, based on its non-State status and terrorist designation. The article concerns the US's vast terrorism legislation and the available options for victims of terrorist acts, particularly in Israel and Palestine. The case in question concerns a US District Court's ruling that the Arab Bank is guilty of financing terrorism - observers hope that it will serve as a precedent for suing US or Israeli banks for allowing the expansion of the settlements in the West Bank, though this seems unlikely.

The Presumption Against Extraterritoriality vs. the U.S.'s Jurisdiction Over Invasions of its Neutral Rights: Can Chiquita and Balintulo Be Reconciled with the 18th Century Case Law on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction?

In a 2-1 decision issued last month, the Eleventh Circuit granted Chiquita’s motion to dismiss Cardona v. Chiquita Brands Int’l, Inc., a longstanding ATS case brought by four thousand Colombians alleging that, as part of its business operations in Colombia, Chiquita supervised and supplied a campaign of torture and murder conducted by Colombian terrorist organizations. 4,068 more words

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