Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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The book is divided into two parts. The first part addresses those subjects that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act covers in detail, including the definition of foreign states and foreign government-owned corporations, judicial competence, jurisdiction, immunity, service of process, venue, and execution of judgments. The second part addresses those subjects that the Act covers in a cursory fashion, including burden of proof, rights of discovery, available remedies, and jury trials. In addition, the book treats those topics that received virtually no discussion under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act but that are essential to its understanding and enforcement, including the act of state doctrine, agreements to arbitrate, choice of law questions, and the enforcement abroad of judgments against foreign states.' The analysis proceeds by statutory interpretation as well as by the jurisprudence of decided cases, including every federal and state case reported since the effective date of the Act, together with some cases that were not officially reported.