The House of Delegates of the American Bar Association adopted a resolution in August 1984 proposing a number of significant amendments to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA).' One of those proposals would add specific language to the Act to ensure the enforcement of arbitration agreements with foreign states and arbitral awards made against foreign states pursuant to such agreements. Other amendments proposed by the ABA relate to execution of judgment, prejudgment attachment, the act of state doctrine, and to admiralty cases involving commercial vessels of foreign states.
These amendments are the result of three years of study hy an Ad Hoc Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice, and they have broad support in the American Bar and business community. As of this writing, it is expected that legislation embracing these proposals will be introduced after the Congress convenes on January 3, 1985, and that hearings will be held on the amendments in the near future.