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Mother Doe v. Sheikh Mohammed
On July 30, 2007, a federal district court in Miami ruled that human rights activists are not permitted to use U.S. courts as a platform for asserting international law claims that bear no relation to the United States. The court dismissed tort claims filed against leaders of the United Arab Emirates, ruling that the defendants lacked sufficient contacts with this country to subject them to the jurisdiction of federal courts in Florida. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging that the case be dismissed. WLF argued that court intervention in overseas activities is particularly inappropriate when, as here, the case raises sensitive foreign policy considerations -- given the defendants' status as government leaders. The court did not address that argument. Instead, it based its dismissal on an alternative argument raised by WLF: the courts lack personal jurisdiction over individuals, such as the defendants, who have insufficient contacts with the forum state.
Case Status:
Victory. Monitoring for appeal.
More Information and Downloads:
4/5/2007: Download the Brief

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