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Welcome to LexisNexis Middle Eastern Law Toolbox, our bazaar which highlights legal content of particular Middle Eastern nations in our database. New to working in the region? Our Guide to International Legal Research chapter on the Middle East may help you get oriented! In addition to the...

D.C. Circuit Holds that Conversion of Claim Under FSIA Section 1605A Does Not Require Re-Service of Process

By Louis M. Solomon Gates, et al. v. Syrian Arab Republic, et al., No. 08-7118 (D.C. Cir. May 2011) (consolidated with 09-7108), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] involves the appeal from the District Court's...

District Court Finds FSIA Terrorist Exception Met by Generalized Allegations of Proximite, Rather than But-for, Causation

By Louis M. Solomon Sheryl Wultz, et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran , 08-cv-1460 (D.D.C. 2010), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] bears mention because of more recent attempts by non-U.S. sovereigns to avoid jurisdiction in the U.S. under 29 U.S.C. § 1605A (see our discussion...

United States Imposes Broad New Sanctions against Syria

View Media In response to the escalating violence in Syria, President Obama issued today an Executive Order imposing broad new sanctions that could significantly disrupt business that was permissible under preexisting U.S. sanctions. This action follows a U.N. Security Council condemnation...

Fulbright Alert : The United States Imposes Significant New Sanctions Against Syria; European Union May Soon Follow Suit

By Stephen M. McNabb , Marsha Z. Gerber , Stefan Reisinger and Gwen Shirl Green President Barack Obama yesterday signed an Executive Order imposing significant new sanctions against Syria that will vastly curtail the ability of U.S. companies to conduct any business in, or provide services to...

United States Imposes Broad New Sanctions Against Syria

In response to the escalating violence in Syria, President Obama issued today an Executive Order imposing broad new sanctions that could significantly disrupt business that was permissible under preexisting U.S. sanctions. This action follows a U.N. Security Council condemnation of the violence and less...

Fulbright Briefing - OFAC Issues New General Licenses Authorizing Additional Transactions Under the Libyan and Syrian Sanctions Orders

By: Stephen M. McNabb , Marsha Z. Gerber , Stefan Reisinger and Mary Beth Balhoff On September 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") issued new general licenses authorizing additional transactions under both the Libyan and Syrian...

Fulbright Briefing: EU Expands Sanction Regime to Target Syrian Industry

By: Lista M. Cannon and David M. Harris In response to the escalation in the level of violence perpetrated by the current Syrian regime against its people, the EU has recently implemented additional measures directly targeted at depriving the current regime of financial revenues and the support...

Europeans want war crimes probe of Houla massacre

GENEVA (AP) - European diplomats were pressing Friday for the U.N.'s top human rights body to propose a war crimes probe into last week's killing of over 100 civilians in Syria, a move that would be fiercely resisted by Russia but also is viewed with misgivings by Full version (available...

Syrian Massacres and the Rule of Law

If human rights are to be protected, and the rule of law to prevail, the days of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime are numbered. Until then, the massacres will continue. On May 25 th , the Syrian government murdered over 100 people, the majority women and children, in Houla. Tanks...

Women shut out of Syria's opposition leadership

DOHA Qatar (AP) - The leadership of Syria's main opposition group in exile is an all-male affair after elections failed to promote a single woman to the decision-making group of 41 members. Some of the female delegates at the Syrian National Council conference in the Qatari capital of Doha rushed...

Can Syria’s Rebels Restore the Rule of Law?

Syrian Attorney Mohammed Haj Hussein is attempting to create an impartial legal system in territory held by rebels. The goal is to provide justice that has been lacking in President Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime. On a positive note, the new system relies upon an impartial judiciary...

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: International Law, Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect

by John M. B. Balouziyeh 1 Introduction The Syrian Civil War has triggered a humanitarian crisis of biblical proportions. At the time of this writing, 4.3 million Syrians had registered with UNHCR and at least 7.6 million more had been internally displaced within Syria. Today, more than half of...