Mother Doe v. Hamdan
- Case Date: 6/9/2008
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On November 18, 2008, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky dismissed a lawsuit filed by human rights activists, declining to permit them to use U.S. courts as a platform for asserting international law claims that bear no relation to the United States. The court held that the plaintiffs had failed to establish personal jurisdiction over the defendants, all of whom live in the United Arab Emirates. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging dismissal. WLF argued that federal court intervention in overseas activities is particularly inappropriate when, as here, the case raises sensitive foreign policy considerations. Noting that the principal defendant in the suit is a senior official in the UAE government, WLF argued that the issues raised by the plaintiffs ought to be handled within the UAE -- given that no Americans are involved in the suit and all the events described took place overseas.
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