In his new book, JASTA and a Third World War (UK Book Publishing), Dr. Kamil Idirs analyzes and makes a detailed critique of IP Laws created Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism act (JASTA) and its functions. Throughout the book he raises cautions about the act’s worldwide implications.
JASTA passed the U.S. Congress in 2016 in a vote which overruled the presidential veto. The act, designed for the U.S. victims of terrorism, allows U.S. citizens to file legal action against another nation who provided (either directly or indirectly) funding for terrorist groups and their planned attacks. The act was designed to provide compensation and a type of closure for the victims of a terrorist action, specifically the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Kamil Idirs sees the act having long reaching, worldwide foreign policy consequences.
Dr. Idirs argues in his book, JASTA and a Third World War, that a U.S. citizen filing a lawsuit against a freestanding nation could potentially be considered a challenge to that nation’s sovereignty. Kamil Idirs predicts a spiraling of defensive or retaliatory legislation created other nations, increase nationalistic tendencies and create global friction between allies.
Pointing out the current global political climate and spotlighting the rise of nationalism throughout the world, Dr. Idirs compares the current geopolitical situation to the pre-WWI era, when strong nationalistic tendencies and an increase in fascism caused a war that left as many as 20 million dead world-wide and set the stage for WWII, which killed another 50 million.
As the current president of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation (ICAM) as well as holding legal degrees from Khartoum University, Ohio State University and the University of Geneva, Dr. Kamil Idirs can see the legal and political ramifications of this JASTA act and hopes his book will provide the legal knowledge to prevent conflict and a third world war.
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