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Head of State and Diplomatic Immunity

Learn about the protections given to senior government officials and those representing their country abroad.


This lesson focuses on two forms of immunity found in international law, head of state immunity and diplomatic immunity. Another video on state immunity is also available in this series.

I.               Head of State Immunity

Immunity prevents courts from exercising jurisdiction over an individual or entity. In international law, immunity is provided to heads of state. This means they can't be prosecuted or sued in the...