Source: (2001) The Crime Victims Report 5 (November/December): 65-66, 71-73.
Until the early twentieth century, the United States granted blanket immunity to foreign nations so that they could not be sued in U.S. courts. That, however, began to change in the 1920s and continues to change as U.S. law is modified to recognize international economic (e.g., foreign multinational corporations that operate in the U.S.) and political activities (e.g., terrorism or the actions of foreign governments) that harm U.S. citizens. Myers details some of those changes and many of the key elements of current U.S. law that permit suits to be brought against foreign nations in U.S. courts. Particular attention is given to the pursuit of compensation to victims in cases of terrorism.
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