Feb 08, 2017

US Appeals Court Hears Arguments on World Bank Immunity


The Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Monday in Budha Ismail Jam v. International Finance Corporation, on whether the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) should have “absolute immunity” from lawsuits in the United States. Plaintiffs are members of Indian fishing and farming communities who suffered displacement and saw their local environment destroyed as the result of a coal-fired power plant project funded by the IFC. Represented by EarthRights International, they argue that the IFC should be held responsible for its role in this project, and should not be considered to be above the law. Read EarthRights International’s press release here.