Sovereign Immunity and Violations of International Jus Cogens – Some Critical Remarks

The scope of this article, like the one to which it responds, is limited. It does not purport to resolve any question relating to the municipal law of the United States, such as the interpretation of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Instead, it considers the problem from a purely international law perspective. Furthermore, it does not indulge in a complete description of attempts made by the Federal Republic of Germany to pay compensation – as far as feasible – for all the blatant human rights violations committed by Nazi Germany in the period 1933-1945.