Background

State immunities are highly relevant in public international law practice. They have shaped international relations and contributed to the configuration of international law as we know it today.

State immunities are of great practical relevance. However, until the adoption of the United Nation Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their Property at the end of 2004, no uniform international legal regime had been devised to regulate this matter in spite of attempts by various institutions, including the Council of Europe with its pioneer 1972 European Convention on State Immunity. As a result, national courts have often been obliged to take decisions on a case-by-case basis.

In order to shed new light on how States approach this issue, the CAHDI implemented a "Pilot Project of the Council of Europe on state practice regarding state immunities" from 2001 onwards with a view to examining judicial practice in the member and observer States of the Council of Europe.  The CAHDI compiled the information supplied by the States regarding state immunities and then produced an analytical report based on it.

At its 30th meeting (Strasbourg, 19-20 September 2005), the CAHDI expressed the wish to be able to update the information gathered on an ongoing basis within the pilot project framework and create a monitoring mechanism making it possible to identify and examine new developments in this area. This resulted in the setting up of the database, which was presented at the 31st meeting (Strasbourg, 23-24 March 2006).

Owing to changing practices, the study did not remain restricted to state immunities. A broader range of issues has been raised by the States, both in their contributions and in statements made at meetings of the CAHDI.

As a result, while the database considers the question of immunities from two main viewpoints  - immunities of States and immunities of international organisations -, it also takes account of related immunities, i.e. those of state officials and representatives (including Heads of State and Government and Foreign Affairs Ministers), of diplomatic and consular missions and also of international organisation staff.

The present data base contains the original national contributions. The Secretariat or the Organisation bears no responsibility for the information contained therein which should be attributed solely to the national delegations.

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National contributions /
Contributions nationales
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Albania / Albanie      
Andorra / Andorre    
Armenia / Arménie    
Austria / Autriche    
Azerbaijan / Azerbaïdjan      
Belgium / Belgique  
Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bosnie-Herzégovine      
Bulgaria / Bulgarie      
Croatia / Croatie    
Cyprus / Chypre    
Czech Republic / République Tchèque    
Denmark / Danemark    
Estonia / Estonie    
Finland / Finlande    
France / France    
Georgia / Géorgie      
Germany / Allemagne    
Greece / Grèce    
Hungary / Hongrie    
Iceland / Islande    
Ireland / Irlande    
Italy / Italie    
Latvia / Lettonie      
Liechtenstein / Liechtenstein      
Lithuania / Lituanie      
Luxembourg / Luxembourg      
Malta / Malte      
Republic of Moldova / République de Moldova      
Monaco / Monaco      
Montenegro / Monténégro      
Netherlands / Pays-Bas  
Norway / Norvège    
Poland / Pologne    
Portugal / Portugal  
Romania / Roumanie    
Russian Federation / Fédération de Russie    
San Marino / Saint-Marin      
Serbia / Serbie    
Slovakia / Slovaquie    
Slovenia / Slovénie    
Spain / Espagne    
Sweden / Suède    
Switzerland / Suisse    
"the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" / "l'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine"      
Turkey / Turquie    
Ukraine / Ukraine      
United Kingdom / Royaume-Uni    
European Union / Union Européenne    
Canada / Canada  
Israel  
Japan / Japon    
Mexico / Mexique    
USA / USA