U.S. Supreme Court Curtails International Organizations’ Immunity from Lawsuits

11 March 2019
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Key takeaways:
  • The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided that the statutory immunity of international organizations is subject to the same exceptions as the immunity of foreign states, including the exception for commercial activity.
  • The decision rejects the long-held position of the federal courts in Washington, D.C. that international organizations’ immunity under the International Organizations Immunities Act is absolute.