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Dr. Philippa Webb

Dr. Philippa Webb
Reader in Public International Law
King's College London

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The Law of State Immunity: Overview, Specific Aspects and Future Prospects
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The Law of State Immunity: Overview, Specific Aspects and Future Prospects
A. Legal Instruments

Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

European Convention on State Immunity, Basel, 16 May 1972, European Treaty Series, No. 074.

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

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

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


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

United Kingdom, State Immunity Act (1978).

B. Jurisprudence

International Court of Justice, Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Belgium), Provisional Measures, Order of 8 December 2000, I.C.J. Reports 2000, p. 182.

International Court of Justice, Certain Questions of Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Djibouti v. France), Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2008, p. 177.

International Court of Justice, Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy: Greece intervening), Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2012, p. 99.

International Court of Justice, Questions relating to the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite (Belgium v. Senegal), Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2012, p. 422.

European Court of Human Rights, Fourth Section, Jones and Others v. United Kingdom, no. 34356/06 and 40528/06, ECHR 2014.


House of Lords, Jones v. Ministry of Interior for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Ors [2006] UKHL 26.

United States Supreme Court, Samantar v Yousuf, (No. 08-1555) 552 F. 3d 371, 1 June 2010.

United Kingdom Court of Appeal, Yukos Capital SARL v. OJSC Rosneft Oil Company [2012] EWCA Civ 855.

Supreme Court of Canada, Estate v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 2014 SCC 62.

United Kingdom Court of Appeal, Benkharbouche & Anor v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan (Rev 1) [2015] EWCA Civ 33.

C. Documents
D. Doctrine
A. Dickinson/R. Lindsay/J.P. Loonam, State Immunity: Selected Materials and Commentary, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004.

H. Fox and P. Webb, The Law of State Immunity, 3rd Revised and Updated Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015. 

J. Salmon, “La Résolution de Naples de L’Institut de droit international sur les immunités de juridiction de l’Etat et de ses agents en cas de crimes internationaux (10 septembre 2009)”, Revue belge de droit international, 2009, p. 316.

D.P. Stewart, “The UN Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their Property”, American Journal of International Law, vol. 99, 2005, p. 194.  

R. Wolfrum (editor), Encyclopedia of Public International Law (short articles on Acts of State, State Immunity, Immunity of Head of State), 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008.