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International Law

 

State Immunity

Learn when a foreign state can be subject to jurisdiction and when it can’t.

Transcript

In this lesson, we’ll discuss the concept of state immunity. We’ll examine its theoretical and historical origins, contemporary application, and exceptions.

I.               Theoretical and Historical Origins

State immunity refers to the respect shown to a foreign sovereign by limiting courts’ capacity to assert jurisdiction over it. It should be distinguished from sovereign immunity, which involves restrictions that limit...