Immunity from Seizure for Artworks on Loan to United States Museums

Zerbe, Rodney M. | January 1, 1985

This Comment will first examine the text of the IFSA to determine the scope of protection available under the Act. Second, this Comment will note the Congressional purposes underlying the IFSA, as evidenced by the available legislative history. Third, this Comment will examine the scope of immunity available under the Act. Fourth, this Comment will consider the procedures and substantive criteria employed in deciding whether immunity should be granted. Finally, this Comment will question the compatability of the IFSA with the more recently enacted Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, under which Congress transferred the authority for granting immunity to foreign sovereigns from the State Department to the courts, in order to “depoliticize” determinations of immunity.