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Chapter Six - Civil Damages Actions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 September 2018

Richard L. Abel
Affiliation:
University of California, Los Angeles
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A small number of the victims of the US "war on terror," who had suffered detention, interrogation, torture, or extraordinary rendition or lost relatives to drone strikes, sued for damages. Almost all of them were blocked by procedural obstacles, such as sovereign immunity and the political question doctrine. By contrast, when victims of terrorism sued, courts found ways around similar procedural obstacles. Judges tended to divide along party political lines. And compensation schemes were similarly inequitable: victims of the 9/11 attacks (and subsequent bombings) were generously compensated; civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq who had been injured or lost kin received little if any compensation.
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Law's Trials
The Performance of Legal Institutions in the US 'War on Terror'
, pp. 431 - 500
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2018

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  • Civil Damages Actions
  • Richard L. Abel, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Law's Trials
  • Online publication: 06 September 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108555227.006
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  • Civil Damages Actions
  • Richard L. Abel, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Law's Trials
  • Online publication: 06 September 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108555227.006
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  • Civil Damages Actions
  • Richard L. Abel, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Law's Trials
  • Online publication: 06 September 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108555227.006
Available formats
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