Jennifer Anglim Kreder,
International Hurdles in Nazi-Era and Russian Revolution Cultural Property Cases,
49 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L.
Available at: http://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/jil/vol49/iss1/14
The FSIA, however, did not do away with the common law act of state doctrine, which is another hurdle plaintiffs must overcome. Under the act of state doctrine, U.S. courts decline to hear suits challenging the acts of another sovereign in its own territory. This doctrine, too, is grounded in flexible principles of international comity. This essay discusses both the FSIA and the act of state doctrine in the context of cases seeking to recover art and cultural property taken during the Nazi-era and Russian Revolution after providing necessary historical background.