The Congress finds that the determination by United States courts of the claims of foreign states to immunity from the jurisdiction of such courts would serve the interests of justice and would protect the rights of both foreign states and litigants in United States courts. Under international law, states are not immune from the jurisdiction of foreign courts insofar as their commercial activities are concerned, and their commercial property may be levied upon for the satisfaction of judgments rendered against them in connection with their commercial activities. Claims of foreign states to immunity should henceforth be decided by courts of the United States and of the States in conformity with the principles set forth in this chapter.
28 U.S.C. § 1602
Added Pub. L. 94-583, §4(a), Oct. 21, 1976, 90 Stat. 2892.
EFFECTIVE DATEPub. L. 94-583, §8, Oct. 21, 1976, 90 Stat. 2898, provided that: "This Act [enacting this chapter and sectionof this title, amending sections , , and of this title, and enacting provisions set out as notes under this section and section of this title] shall take effect ninety days after the date of its enactment [Oct. 21, 1976]."
SHORT TITLEFor short title of Pub. L. 94-583 as the "Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976", see section 1 of Pub. L. 94-583, set out as a Short Title of 1976 Amendments note under sectionof this title.
SEPARABILITYPub. L. 94-583, §7, Oct. 21, 1976, 90 Stat. 2898, provided that: "If any provision of this Act [enacting this chapter and sectionof this title, amending sections , , and of this title, and enacting provisions set out as notes under this section and section of this title] or the application thereof to any foreign state is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable."