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Dissenting state immunity - ICJ'S tryst with the 'sovereign immunity' myth

Babu, Parthiban



The concept of state immunity has been through a severe process of development in the recent past. State immunity initially accorded to the states in recognition of their sovereign character, and the concept later underwent a series of fine-tuning to reach where it is today. In line with the modern-day relevance of the subject matter, the world court asked to decide upon the case concerning the jurisdictional immunities of a state (Germany V. Italy; Greece Intervening) in the year 2012. The court was put to some severe test in matters relating to norms conflict, the hierarchical character of obligations in International law, the evolving nature of the jus gentium about the rights of the State V. Individual. The court significantly falls short of its mandate in this case wherein the dissenting judges took up the responsibility in explaining the lex ferenda regarding the concept of state immunity and its practical limitations.


Babu, P. (2018). Dissenting state immunity - ICJ'S tryst with the 'sovereign immunity' myth. Zanzibar Yearbook of Law, 8, 27-62

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 10, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2022
Journal Zanzibar Yearbook of Law
Print ISSN 2591-6785
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Pages 27-62
Series ISSN 2591-6785
Keywords The ICJ, Sovereign Immunity, jus cogens, norm conflict, law
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