U.S. Supreme Court Limits Enforcement of Terrorism-Related Judgments against Foreign Sovereigns

20 March 2018
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Key takeaways:
  • The U.S. Supreme Court held that a terrorism-related judgment cannot be enforced against sovereign assets unless the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 contains a specific exception to immunity to execution for those assets.
  • The focus of judgment enforcement actions against foreign sovereigns in U.S. courts will continue to be assets used in commercial activity in the United States.