L. 94– as the “Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of ”, see section 1 of The time of enactment of this Act, referred to in text, probably means the time of. [NOT AN OFFICIAL TEXT]. UNITED STATES: FOREIGN SOVEREIGN IMMUNITIES ACT OF [October 21, ]. 90 STAT. Public Law For convenience, the provisions of the FSIA will be referred to by their respective. U.S. Code section numbers. 4 See infra notes and accompanying text.

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Section d authorizes removal by a “foreign state as defined by section fext ,” which in turn incorporates the definition of a “foreign state instrumentality” found in section b. Amerada Hess Shipping Corp. Under the FSIA, the existence of sovereign immunity turns on the nature of the acts of the defendant on which the suit is based.

It was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on October 21, Nationality and Foreign Military Service. In the view of the Ninth Circuit, the fact that section is written in the present tense indicates that the FSIA confers federal jurisdiction if the defendant is a foreign state at the time the lawsuit is brought.

The exceptions define both the types of actions as to vsia immunity does not attach and the territorial nexus required for adjudication in U. If a foreign state which is a party to the Hague Service Convention formally objected to service by mail when it acceded to the Convention, service under Section a 3 should not be attempted, and the plaintiff should proceed to service under Section a 4citing in the cover letter to the Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services the foreign state’s objection to service by mail as noted in its accession to the Hague Service Convention.


The FSIA provides the fsua methods for effecting service of process on a foreign state, political subdivision, agency or instrumentality. The term “political subdivisions” includes all governmental units beneath the central government, including local governments. This is confirmed by section of the Act, which establishes that a foreign state’s liability turns on the absence of an entitlement to sovereign immunity under section of the Act.

Archived from the original PDF on Section a defines “foreign state” as including a foreign state instrumentality and political subdivision of a foreign state. Hall ; Brief of the States of Florida, et al.

Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Long title An Act to define the jurisdiction of United States courts in fssia against foreign states, the circumstances in which foreign states are immune from suit and in which execution may not be levied on their property, and for other purposes.

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News ; 22 C. In determining whether txet Foreign State’s activities are commercial, the FSIA requires that courts look to the nature of the act itself, rather than the twxt for which the foreign sovereign engaged in the act. Section b defines an “agency or instrumentality” of a foreign state as an entity 1 which is a separate legal person, corporate or otherwise, and 2 which is an organ of a foreign state or political subdivision thereof, or a majority of whose shares or other ownership interest is owned by a foreign state or political subdivision thereof, and 3 which is neither a citizen of the a state of the United States as defined in Sec.

This page was last edited on 4 Septemberat Views Read Edit View history. That is fsai correct, but it does not mean, as the court appeared to assume, that jurisdiction is lacking if the defendant was a foreign state at the time of the events on which the suit is based but not at the time the lawsuit was commenced. Section e requires translation of the default judgment and the notice of default judgment. Section b then defines instrumentalities as including corporations a majority or more of whose shares are owned by a foreign state or a political subdivision of a foreign state.


The FSIA makes no provision for service of process through diplomatic channels where there are no diplomatic relations fska the United States and the foreign state. The strongest is that other nations generally do not fsi protection to subsidiaries of companies owned by foreign states. Republic of Argentina v.

Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

If the Court disagrees with the Ninth Circuit on the tiering issue, it may address the timing question as well.

C a 4 and implementing regulations, 22 C. Service by sending a copy of the summons and complaint and a notice of suit, together with a translation of each into the official language of the foreign state, by any form of mail requiring a signed receipt, to be addressed and dispatched by the clerk of the court to the head of the ministry of foreign affairs of the foreign state concerned, 28 U.

However, the Supreme Court in decided that the Act does not extend immunity to a government official acting on behalf of a state. It concluded that, under section bthe companies would qualify as foreign state instrumentalities only if Israel directly owned a majority of their shares.

House to hold ex-IRS official in contempt”. SamantarF. The plaintiffs appealed, and the Ninth Circuit reversed in an opinion by Judge Kozinski.