Dr. Kamil Idris’s new book, “JASTA and a third world war: How a US act could trigger a nuclear conflict” warns readers about the significant dangers of the United States’ new Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, otherwise known as JASTA. This recent act, which was vetoed by former president Barack Obama, effectively allows citizens of the United States to sue countries with a link to terrorist attacks.
According to Dr. Idris, the former director of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this act directly threatens the sovereignty of other countries, as countries have always been immune to lawsuits from other nations. Dr. Idris believes that such a law, and the lawsuits resulting from such a law, could result in reciprocal lawsuits against the United States, and could set off the already fragile political climate of the world. Parallels can easily be drawn between the current political climate of the world and the political climate that occurred shortly before both World Wars and Dr. Idris believes that allowing citizens of a country to threaten another countries’ sovereignty could easily tip these tensions to a breaking point, starting another World War.
Another issue that Dr. Kamil Idris sees as potentially arising from this new act is an increase in populist tendencies, which is especially concerning since these tendencies have already been increasing all over the globe. Dr. Idris believes that lawsuits enabled by JASTA will create intense pressure for leaders to protect their citizens from these lawsuits, leading to countries needing strong leaders. This itself can also threaten democracy, as strong leaders have been known to turn into dictators given enough fear from the populace they are leading.
Currently, Dr. Idris is president of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation and he was formerly head of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. He is particularly interested in international law and has a doctorate in this subject from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He also holds a Master in International Law and International Affairs from Ohio University, and multiple bachelor degrees.
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