Thursday, March 1, 2007

Diplomatic Immunity

If you teach a longish Torts class (say, more than four credit hours), you may get to some immunity doctrines.  Me, I'm happy to get through intentional and negligent torts and a decent sampler of defenses.  In any event, if you happen to get to diplomatic immunity (here I'm thinking you'd need thirteen credit hours or so), you might find this Morning Edition story of interest.  The lede:

Three former servants are suing a Kuwaiti diplomat, alleging that he treated them like slaves in his suburban home in Washington, D.C. The workers are poor women from India, and they say the diplomat worked them for more than 15 hours a day. They also claim his wife beat one of them repeatedly.

But even if the women can to prove their charges, they will have a difficult time winning their case: The Kuwaitis deny the accusations and say they have diplomatic immunity.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2007/03/diplomatic_immu.html

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