June 7, 2011 -- Professor Kal Raustiala commented on a Holocaust survivor's legal battle to recover a painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The case received a boost after the Justice Department told the U.S. Supreme Court that the lawsuit should proceed in federal courts. Professor Raustiala's comments appear in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article.
"The courts are partly guessing in these situations - they are making predictions or using assumptions, and if they get that wrong, it could be changed by Congress," said Kal Raustiala, a professor at UCLA School of Law and director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. "It's an issue of statutory interpretation - Congress could come back and say, 'No, that's not what we meant.'"
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