In the civil action against UBS in the USA, the Federal Council is to instruct an American law firm to draft an amicus curiae brief explaining Switzerland's legal position with a view to giving added emphasis to Switzerland's sovereign interests."Amicus curiae" is the name given to a person or organisation that participates in a court action but is not a party to the action. This participation can take the form, for example, of a "third-party statement" in a case between two parties. An amicus curiae can provide the court with detailed information or expertise. Although it is not necessary for the amicus curiae to be completely independent, the amicus curiae must not be party to the court action. An amicus curiae is frequently someone whose interests could be indirectly affected by the legal dispute or the court's decision.
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