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Judge Christopher John Greenwood

Judge Christopher Greenwood
International Court of Justice

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States
Immunity
Immunities from Jurisdiction
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Immunities of the Head of State
Under International Law
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Jurisdiction
State Jurisdiction
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States
Immunity
Immunities from Jurisdiction
A.     Legal Instruments

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 213, No. 2889.

Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,Vienna, 18 April 1961, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 500, p. 95.

United States, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, United States Code, Chap. 97 (1976).

United Kingdom, State Immunity Act (1978).

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, New York, 10 December 1984, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1465, p. 113.

United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property, New York, 2 December 2004.

B.     Jurisprudence
International
National
France, Cour d’Appel de Paris, Ex-King Farouk of Egypt v. Christian Dior, 11 April 1957, Journal de droit international, vol. 84, p. 716.

United Kingdom, Court of Appeal, Trendtex Trading Corporation v. Central Bank of Nigeria, 13 January 1977, 1977 Law Reports, 1 Queen’s Bench Division 529.

United Kingdom, House of Lords, J. H. Rayner (Mincing Lane) Ltd. v. Department of Trade and Industry and , 26 October 1989, 1990 Law Reports, 2 Appeal Cases 418.

United Kingdom, House of Lords, In Re Pinochet, Oral Judgment: 17 December 1998, [1999] UKHL 1.

France, Cour de Cassation (Qaddafi), no. 1414, judgment of 13 March 2001.

Italy, Corte di Cassazione, Ferrini v. Federal Republic of Germany, Decision No. 5044/2004, 11 March 2004, Rivista di diritto internazionale, vol. 87, p. 539.

United Kingdom, House of Lords,  Jones v. Ministry of the Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and another (Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and another intervening), 14 June 2006, [2006] UKHL 26.

C.     Documents
Letter from Jack B. Tate, Acting legal adviser, Department of State, to Philip B. Perlman, Acting attorney general of the United States, 19 May 1952, reprinted in Department of State Bulletin, vol. 26, p. 984 (1952).


Immunities of the Head of State Under International Law
A. Legal Instruments
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Vienna, 18 April 1961, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 500, p. 95.

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, New York, 10 December 1984, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1465, p. 85.

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Rome, 17 July 1998, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2187, p. 3.

B. Jurisprudence
International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg War Crimes Trial (Karl Doenitz), Nuremburg, Judgment of 1 October 1946.

Cour d’Appel de Paris, Ex-King Farouk of Egypt v. Christian Dior, Judgment of 11 April 1957, Journal de droit international, vol. 84, p. 716.

United Kingdom, House of Lords, R. v. Bartle and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and Others Ex Parte Pinochet, 25 November 1998, [1998] UKHL 41.

United Kingdom, House of Lords, In Re Pinochet, 15 January 1999, [1999] UKHL 52.

United Kingdom, House of Lords, Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and Others, Ex Parte Pinochet, 24 March 1999, [1999] UKHL 17.

Court of Cassation of Belgium, H.S.A et al. v. S.A. et al. (Decision related to the indictment of defendant Ariel Sharon, Amos Yaron and others), Decision of February 2003, No. P. 02.1139, F/1.

International Court of Justice, Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Belgium), Judgment of 14 February 2002, I.C.J. Reports 2002, p. 3.

Special Court for Sierra Leone, Appeals Chamber, Prosecutor v. Charles Ghankay Taylor, Decision on Immunity from Jurisdiction of 31 May 2004, Case Number SCSL-2003-01 I. 

United Kingdom Queen’s Bench Division Administrative Court, R. (on the application of Alamieyeseigha) v. Crown Prosecution Service, [2005] EWHC 2704 (Admin).

United Kingdom Court of Appeal, Regina (HRH Sultan of Pahang) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2011] EWCA Civ 616, International Law Reports (ILR), vol. 152, p. 7.

International Criminal Court, Pre-Trial Chamber I, Decision Pursuant to Article 87(7) of the Rome Statute on the Failure by the Republic of Malawi to Comply with the Cooperation Requests Issued by the Court with Respect to the Arrest and Surrender of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashi, Decision of 12 December 2011r, No. ICC-02/05-01/09-139.

International Court of Justice, Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy: Greece intervening), Judgment of 3 February 2012.

C. Documents
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Vienna, 18 April 1961, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 500, p. 95.

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, New York, 10 December 1984, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1465, p. 85.

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Rome, 17 July 1998, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2187, p. 3.

Jurisdiction
State Jurisdiction
A. Legal Instruments
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 213, p. 221.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.
B. Jurisprudence
International

Permanent Court of International Justice, The Case of the S.S. Lotus (France v. Turkey), Judgment of 7 September 1927, P.C.I.J., Series A, No 10, p. 5.

Permanent Court of Arbitration, Island of Palmas case (United States of America v. Netherlands), Award of 4 April 1928, Reports of International Arbitral Awards, vol. II, pp. 829-871.

European Court of Human Rights, Banković and Others v. Belgium and Others, no. 52207/99, Decision on Admissibility, ECHR, 2001.

International Court of Justice, Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Democratic Republic of the v. Belgium), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2002, p. 3.

National

United States, Supreme Court, American Banana Co. v. United Fruit Co., 26 April 1909, 213 U.S. 347 (1909).

United States, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,United States v. Aluminum Co. of America, 12 March 1945, 148 F.2d 416 (2d Cir. 1945).

Israel, District Court of Jerusalem, Attorney General of the Government of Israel v. Adolf Eichmann,15 December 1961, Criminal Case No. 40/61.

United States, Supreme Court, United States v. Alvarez-Machain, 15 June 1992, 504 U.S. 655 (1992).