--- international law
--- course production date: 1/1/2018
--- presented by AMEER N. BENNO

Foreign terrorist organizations need money to survive. The United States, unlike most other countries, provides a forum for nationals of foreign states to bring civil actions against their tormentors in federal court, even if the alleged violations took place outside of U.S. territory. By using such legal action to bring civil lawsuits, those who have been victimized by acts of terrorism can cut off the money supply that is the lifeblood of these terrorist organizations.

In this course, attorney Ameer Benno provides an overview of the different claims that can be brought in U.S. courts to help accomplish this important goal, including the “state sponsored terrorism” exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Alien Tort Statute (also known as the Alien Tort Claims Act), the Torture Victims Protection Act, and the Anti-Terrorism Act. This course also provides an overview on the process of conducting international discovery, and getting judgments obtained pursuant to these lawsuits recognized and enforced in non-U.S. domestic judicial fora.

Key course points are:
• Understand the state-sponsored terrorism exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
• Become acquainted with the Alien Tort Statute.
• Explore the Torture Victims Protection Act.
• Gain insight into the Anti-Terrorism Act.

--- presented by AMEER N. BENNO

Ameer Benno is the founding member of Benno & Associates P.C., a New York City-based law firm that represents plaintiffs in civil rights and constitutional law litigation in state and federal courts, and which also concentrates on appellate litigation and criminal defense.

In his civil rights practice, Mr. Benno champions the rights of individuals who have been subjected to governmental abuses of authority. His cases range from police misconduct matters to prisoner rights cases, from unjust conviction claims to First Amendment matters, and from ADA claims to cases challenging involuntary civil commitment.

Ameer began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at civil litigation law firms where his caseload focused on civil rights matters in both state and federal courts.

From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Appellate Advocacy and Legal Reasoning and Writing.

Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 in criminal law, the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40,”and has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Metro) for the last four years in the areas of First Amendment and civil rights law.

He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School.