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Sovereign Immunity Under Pressure

Norms, Values and Interests

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  • Contributors represent leading universities in the West, Egypt, Argentina, Russia, Poland and China

  • Searches for universal solutions reflecting the future of the international customary law of State immunity

  • Provides a fresh and critical assessment of the current stage in customary international law

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Editors’ Introduction: State Immunity and the Need for a Global Discussion

    • Régis Bismuth, Vera Rusinova, Vladislav Starzhenetskiy, Geir Ulfstein
    Pages 1-6

About this book

This book offers a critical analysis of current challenges and developments of the State immunity regime through three dimensions: it looks at State immunity from a comparative perspective; it discusses the major trends relating to the interplay between State immunity and the protection of human rights as well as counter-terrorism; and it examines the relationship between State immunity and the financial obligations of States.

Part I, Sovereign Immunity from a Comparative Perspective: Weak v. Strong Immunity Regimes, deals with the diversity of existing regimes of State immunity at the national level. This part aims to explore different approaches of particular states to sovereign immunity and their general attitude to international law, and attempts to understand why some States favour a weaker State immunity regime by multiplying exceptions or interpreting them broadly, while others continuously support a stronger one and sometimes rely on the doctrine of absolute immunity.

Part II, International Customary Law of Sovereign Immunity, Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, highlights how human rights and counter-terrorism have shaped the law and practice of sovereign immunity. This part specifically discusses the role of national legislators and judges in the development of international law, emerging conflicts between national constitutional norms and the rules of international law concerning State immunity and human rights, and possible ways of their reconciliation.

Part III, Sovereign Immunity of States and their Financial Obligations, contributes to on-going debates related to the mixed and complex nature of States’ financial obligations. In this part, authors elaborate on perceptions of the underlying public-private law divide, cross influences in public and private international law and their consequences for State immunity, as well as recent trends relating to immunity from execution.

Keywords

  • Sovereign Immunity
  • Sovereign States
  • Restrictive Immunity
  • International Customary Law
  • State Immunity
  • Weak State Immunity Regime
  • Strong State Immunity Regime
  • ICC Trust Fund for Victims
  • United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of State
  • Immunities in International Law

Editors and Affiliations

  • Sciences Po Law School, Sciences Po, Paris, France

    Régis Bismuth

  • Faculty of Law, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia

    Vera Rusinova, Vladislav Starzhenetskiy

  • Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Geir Ulfstein

About the editors

Regis Bismuth is a professor of international law at Sciences Po Law School (Paris) and director of the Law Department at Sciences Po. Prof Bismuth’s main research and teaching interests lie within public international law, international economic law, international adjudication and European law. He is the author of several publications in these fields, and in particular on the law of international organizations, sovereign immunity, sovereign wealth funds, sovereign debt, WTO law, international investment law and arbitration, financial regulation, Internet regulation, and the responsibility of multinational corporations. Prof Bismuth is also director of studies of the French Branch of the International Law Association as well as co-editor-in-chief of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals.

Vera Rusinova is a professor and the head of the School of International Law at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia. The main fields of her research activities comprise human rights law, international humanitarian law, international responsibility, jus contra bellum, theory of international law and application of international law to cyber operations. She is a co-chair of the International Law Association’s Committee on Use of Force, and a member of the editorial groups of International Justice, the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies and the International Cybersecurity Law Review.

Vladislav Starzhenetskiy is an associate professor at the Chair of International Law, Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics. He also serves as an academic director of the master’s program ‘Law of International Trade, Finance and Economic Integration’ and researcher at the HSE Laboratory on Sanctions in International Law. From 1998 to 2014, he was working at the Russian Federation’s Supreme Commercial Court and was heading the Department of International Law and Cooperation from 2011 to 2014. The main fields of his research interests include jurisdictional immunities of states, economic sanctions, international protection of intellectual property and international human rights law. He is a member of the editorial group of the journal International Justice.

Geir Ulfstein is a professor of international law in the Department of Public and International Law and co-director of PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order. Geir was co-chair of the International Law Association’s study group on the content and evolution of the rules of interpretation, and is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law, Luxembourg. Geir has been a member of the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law (2010–2016). He is president of the Norwegian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sovereign Immunity Under Pressure

  • Book Subtitle: Norms, Values and Interests

  • Editors: Régis Bismuth, Vera Rusinova, Vladislav Starzhenetskiy, Geir Ulfstein

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87706-4

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-87705-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-87706-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 485

  • Topics: Public International Law, International Relations

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USD 129.00
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Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)