Judi L. Abbott


This Note examines the development of judicial interpretation of the noncommercial torts exception, section 1605(a)(5) of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA), in United States law. The Note first traces the historical development of the doctrine of sovereign immunity to its statutory codification. Next, it identifies trends in the interpretation of the torts exception that have emerged since the enactment of the FSIA. Finally, this Note proposes a coherent, uniform method of preparing a claim under section 1605(a)(5).