What does the US Supreme Court’s Judgement on World Bank Group’s Immunity Mean for the people of Mundra, Gujarat, India and beyond? Dr Bharat Patel General Secretary, Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan and one of the co-petitioners, tells.
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.