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Claims Against Foreign Governments

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of State , Office of the Legal Adviser
CFDA #: 19.200

Possible uses and use restrictions...

At the discretion of the Secretary of State, the United States government can provide various types of assistance to United States nationals in resolving their claims against foreign governments. A claim may result from any one of a number of situations in which a United States national has been injured by a foreign government in violation of international law. Types of assistance can include, as appropriate, assisting claimants who are seeking to negotiate a settlement of their claims with foreign governments; raising claims directly with foreign governments through diplomatic channels; and encouraging governments to agree to arbitration of the claim or to establish claims settlement programs. In very limited situations, the United States government may espouse a claim. When a claim is espoused, it becomes the claim of the United States, which the United States may pursue or settle at its discretion.