In JASTA and a Third World War, released by UK Book Publishing in 2017, Kamil Idris discusses the implementation of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act and the effects it may have on the current political mood. Idris argues that this judicial act will only create animosity between the United States and the other democratic countries of the world.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, was passed in 2016, despite previously being vetoed by President Barack Obama. The act granted the federal court the power to hold foreign states responsible for acts of terrorism that cause harm to people, property, or businesses. It also states that charges can be filed against diplomats who participate in wrongful acts while employed by a foreign state, partially nullifying diplomatic immunity. JASTA does not, however, apply to acts of war.
Kamil Idris, a former diplomat, compares the current political and national climate to that of the pre-WWI and pre-WWII eras, distinguishing important similarities that could be signs of imminent war.
The international reaction to JASTA also plays a part in Idris’ theory. The act has been condemned by numerous world ministries. Spokespeople have stated that it violates international law and that it is a hard blow to the diplomatic foundation of international affairs. Kamil Idris expands on these statements, arguing that the act may cause foreign states to defend themselves in the face of civil suits. He also points out that the act may have negative effects for the US, as it may lead other countries to respond to civil suits with legal action of their own.
Furthermore, Kamil Idris utilizes JASTA and a Third World War to argue that JASTA endangers democracy itself. He asserts that foreign states may face dramatic political changes if citizens find their countries inundated with foreign civil suits.
Kamil Idris is the President of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation and former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books. Born in Sudan, he holds law degrees from the University of Khartoum and Geneva University.
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