Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

International Law Scholars Urge District Court to Reverse Cholera Dismissal

The United Nations (UN) is directly responsible for the catastrophic cholera epidemic in Haiti, although it denies accountability. In January 2015, a NY District Court judge dismissed the cholera case against the UN. Twenty-two international law scholars, including the author, have signed the following Amicus Brief in support of IJDH’s appeal.

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BRIEF OF INTERNATIONAL LAW SCHOLARS AND PRACTITIONERS AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS AND SUPPORTING REVERSAL

Muneer I. Ahmad

June 3, 2015

INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE
Amici curiae 1 are professors and scholars of international law, including
those who have researched, published and taught on the law of international
organizations.2 Several amici also work frequently with international
organizations. Amici possess expertise on the nature and scope of international
organizational immunity, the drafting history of the Convention on Privileges
and Immunities of the United Nations, the Status of Forces Agreement between
the United Nations and the government Haiti, and the history of third party
claims settlement practice of the United Nations. Amici are therefore interested in ensuring a proper interpretation of international law as it applies in this case.
Therefore, amici respectfully seek to leave to file an amicus curiae brief
pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 29 and Local Rule 29.1, in support of Plaintiffs-
Appellants’ Principal Appellate Brief and in support of reversal of the District
Court’s decision to dismiss their case. The proposed brief is submitted
herewith.

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