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African Leaders Vote to Give Themselves Immunity from Violent Crimes

Oct. 22, 2014—In June, the African Union granted sitting leaders of African countries immunity from prosecution for crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes by the African Court of Justice and Human Rights. The 23rd Assembly, composed of leaders of each African country, voted to adopt the Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of...

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Foreign Official Immunity After Samantar

Jun. 25, 2012—In Samantar v. Yousuf, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) does not govern the immunity of foreign officials from legal proceedings in U.S. courts. Part I of this symposium contribution seeks to put in sharper focus exactly what is, and what is not, in dispute following Samantar. Part...

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Head of State Immunity as Sole Executive Lawmaking

Jun. 25, 2012—At the request of the Executive Branch, courts routinely dismiss private suits against sitting heads of foreign states. Congress has never delegated authority to the Executive Branch to identify principles governing head of state immunity. The courts’ practice thus appears inconsistent with the conventional view that the Executive Branch lacks authority to affect private rights...

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Abusing the Authority of the State: Denying Foreign Official Immunity for Egregious Human Rights Abuses

Jun. 15, 2012—Government officials accused of human rights abuses often claim that they are protected by state immunity because only the state can be held responsible for acts committed by its officials.  This claim to immunity is founded on two interrelated errors.  First, the post-World War II human rights transformation of international law has rendered obsolete the...

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Italian Judges’ Point of View on Foreign States’ Immunity

Jun. 15, 2012—The Article gives an account of the most recent Italian practice as regarding foreign states’ immunity from the jurisdiction of the forum state. In the absence of domestic laws regulating the matter, Italian courts thus far have been directly applying international customary law, making recourse to a progressive interpretation of international rules. In the past,...

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