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Case of the Day: TIG Insurance v. Argentina

Posted on July 15, 2019

The case of the day is TIG Insurance Co. v. Republic of Argentina (D.D.C. 2019). TIG had an arbitral award against Argentina and a default judgment confirming the award that, with interest and penalties, was in the amount of $33.66 million. In 2018, Argentina decided to list real property in Washington for sale. The property had previously been used as a diplomatic residence but had fallen into disrepair. TIG moved for writs of attachment and execution, but Argentina immediately thereafter took the property off the market. The question was whether the property had immunity from execution under the FSIA.

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Case of the Day: Rubin v. Iran

Posted on March 5, 2018

The case of the day is Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran (S. Ct. 2018). The case arose out of a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem, carried out by Hamas. The plaintiffs were US citizens who were wounded in the attack or who were relatives of the injured. They sued Iran in the District Court in Washington, claiming that Iran was liable because it had provided material support to Hamas. Iran was not immune from jurisdiction because it was a designated state sponsor of terrorism and the claim arose out of an act of terrorism. The case resulted in a $71.5 million default judgment.

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Sovereign Immunity of Foreign Central Bank Assets

Posted on February 27, 2018

Professor Ingrid Wuerth introduces her new paper on the sovereign immunity of foreign central bank assets in today’s post. I agree with Professor Wuerth about the risk of a loss the US faces before the International Court of Justice, and I would only add the following observation: even in the age when our hegemony was mostly undisputed, the US failed to think ahead on matters of international law. When thinking about central bank immunity, remember that the US dollar won’t always be the world’s reserve currency. When thinking about the Law of the Sea Convention, remember that the US Navy won’t always be the strongest the world has ever seen. When thinking of the Judgments Convention, remember that they won’t always keep all the…

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