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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

29/03/2019

Immunities of international organisations after the surprise decision in Jam v IFC: a look ahead

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s surprise ruling in Jam v IFC, the corridors of the World Bank echo with metaphors of alarm.

Chief Justice Roberts, joined by six Associate Justices (with Justice Stephen Breyer in lonely dissent), have opened Pandora’s Box, tipping out cats onto pigeons and sending an applecart rolling to an untidy fate. The decision opens the door to litigation in the US against international organisations (“IOs”) as long as the claim relates to “commercial” activities. In the long term, IOs may be able to use their constituent instruments to override the result in Jam, or even persuade the US Courts to narrow the “commercial” gateway in immunities law. For now, in the changed landscape, IOs with connections to the US and their stakeholders need to consider: what are the consequences of Jam, and how are IOs with headquarters elsewhere – e.g. in the UK – faring on similar issues?

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Simon C Milnes Philippa Webb
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