Edward Chukwuemeke Okeke

Unpacking the "Jam v. IFC" Decision

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Keywords: Immunities; International Organisations; Jurisdiction; US Supreme Court; International Finance Corporation; International Organizations Immunities Act.

This contribution analyses the 27 February 2019 decision of the US Supreme Court in "Jam et al. v. International Finance Corporation" concerning jurisdictional immunities of international organisations under the International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945. After providing an overview on the US legal landscape prior to the decision, the author discusses the decision and its ramifications on the jurisdictional immunity of international organizations in the United States. He foresees increased litigation as courts struggle to apply the statutory framework of Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and its jurisprudence to cases involving international organizations that derive their jurisdictional immunity in the United States from the International Organizations Immunities Act.

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