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27 Yale J. Int'l L. 395 (2002)
The Fallacy of the Sovereign Prerogative to Set Minimis Liability Rules for Sexual Slavery

handle is hein.journals/yjil27 and id is 405 raw text is: Comment

The Fallacy of the
Sovereign Prerogative
to Set De Minimis
Liability Rules for
Sexual Slavery
Mary De Ming Fan*
1.     INT ODUCTION  ........................................................................................................................ 395
11.    STATE-SPONSORED COMMODIFIED SEXUAL SLAVERY AND ITS AFTERMATH: DOCTRINAL
R    zSION   .............................................................................................................................. 399
A.     Commockfied Sexual Slavery at the Point of a Sword ................................................... 399
B.     Struggle for Justice Against a Political Tide ................................................................ 402
C.     Turn to U.S. Court: Hwang Geum Joo and its Holding on the CommercialActivity
Waiver of Foreign Sovereign Immunity ........................................................................ 404
1.     The Clear Case for a Waiver of Sovereign Immunil for Commodified Sexual
Slavery  ............................................................................................................ 405
2.     The Hwang Geum Joo Court's Converse Commercial Activity Holding ........... 408
D.     Hwang Geum Joo Rephrased- Reversion to the Purported Sovereign Prerogative to Set
-Liability Rulesfor Women's Bodies ............................................................................. 410
IT1    THE ERA OF THE STATE P EROGATIVE TO SET INITIAL PROPERTY AD LIABILITY RULES FOR
VICTIMS OF COMMODIFIED SEXUAL SLAVERY .......................................................................... 412
IV.    CONVERGENCE: THE DELETION OF THE LIABILITY RULE EXCEPTION ........................................ 417
V .    CONCLUSION  ........................................................................................................................... 420
I.    INTRODUCTION
Tomasa Salinog remembers her rape at thirteen and her initiation into
Imperial Japan's system of comfort stations.1 Japanese soldiers burst into
The author dedicates this Comment to her grandmothers Li Ru Jen and Tsaur Ruey Lin,
who taught her wisdom, strength and justice.
1.    Her description of the events is set forth in the Memorandum of Points and Authorities in
Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Declaratory Judgment that Japan Cannot Claim Sovereign Immunity in
Defense of Claims of Systematic Sexual Slavery During World War II at 9, Hwang Geum Joo v. Japan,
172 F. Supp. 2d 52 (D.D.C. 2001) (No. 00-CV-2288) [hereinafter Pl.'s Mot for Declaratory J.] (citing
Plaintiff's Complaint   9, Hwang Geum Joo v. Japan, 172 F. Supp. 2d 52 (D.D.C. 2001) (No. 00-CV-
2288) [hereinafter Pl.'s Compl.]).

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