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State Practice Regarding State Immunities

This book, edited by Professor Gerhard Hafner, Professor Marcelo Kohen and Dr Susan Breau, is the result of the Council of Europe Pilot Project on State Practice regarding State Immunities carried out under the auspices of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) since 2002. It presents and analyses the material submitted by 27 Member States and one Observer State of the Council of Europe, including decisions of national courts, relevant legislation and other documents.

In addition to the Institute, the analytical report was undertaken by the Department of European, International and Comparative Law of the University of Vienna and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. It compares State practice with the relevant articles of the UN Convention, the European Convention on State Immunity and the draft articles prepared by academic institutions. It is the first in-depth analysis of European State practice in the field of State immunity. Such a broad analysis is essential, in particular for the ascertainment of customary international law.

The Institute's participation in this project builds on the work of one of its Vice-Presidents, Lady Hazel Fox, whose authoritative text The Law of State Immunity served as an invaluable reference.

Click here to find out more about the book, published by Martinus Nijhoff.

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