The international law coverage of the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has focused, rightly, on the public international law question of whether Strauss-Kahn can assert a defense of immunity because he is the managing director of the IMF. Duncan Hollis at Opinio Juris has a post up about this. What about the judicial assistance aspects of the case? Criminal judicial assistance is beyond the self-imposed limitations of the Letters Blogatory Scope of Coverage, but there is at least the possibility of civil litigation that could involve transatlantic discovery. Suppose the alleged victim sues in the U.S. District Court for assault and battery, false imprisonment, or other torts. Under Rule 415(a) of the Federal Rules of Evidence: In a civil case in which a claim for damages…

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