In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts.

The Court’s decision marks a defining moment for the IFC – the arm of the World Bank Group that lends to the private sector. For years, the IFC has operated as if it were “above the law,” at times pursuing reckless lending projects that inflicted serious human rights abuses on local communities, and then leaving the communities to fend for themselves.

US Supreme Court’s Verdict

Press Release: Historic Supreme Court Win: WB Group Is Not Above The Law

Press Release: MASS Welcomes The US Supreme Court’s Decision To End The Immunity Of The World Bank Group

Media Coverage of the Ruling

Gujarat Farmers Win The First Round Against World Bank (Bloomberg Quint)

No Absolute Immunity For World Bank Affiliate: US Supreme Court (Down To Earth)

World Bank Affiliate Is Not Shielded From All Legal Action, Supreme Court Rules (Washington Post)

US Supreme Court Revives India Power Plant Lawsuit (MoneyControl.com)

World Bank’s Legal Immunity Stripped, Opening Door for Lawsuits (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)

अमेरिकी सुप्रीम कोर्ट में मुंद्रा के मछुआरों के एक संगठन ने कैसे विश्‍व बैंक को दिखा दी औकात (Mediavigil.com)

US Supreme Court Order “Clears Way” To File Case On IFC Funding Of Tata Mundra Plant (Counterview.net)

Photos: Tata Mundra

Some key documents on the case:

 

More documents on Tata Mundra: http://www.cenfa.org/projects-in-focus/tata-mundra-ultra-mega-project/

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In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Jam v. IFC that international organizations like the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group do not enjoy absolute immunity.

The Court’s decision marks a defining moment for the IFC – the arm of the World Bank Group that lends to the private sector. For years, the IFC has operated as if it were “above the law,” at times pursuing reckless lending projects that inflicted serious human rights abuses on local communities, and then leaving the communities to fend for themselves.

This will be the first time the US Supreme Court has addressed the scope of international organisations’ immunity.

Visit here to know all about the case.