The new database on “The immunities of States and international organisations” is available at the following link.

The former database is accessible hereunder but will be replaced by the new one after the 53rd meeting of the CAHDI on 23-24 March 2017.

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.

However, until the adoption of the United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their Property in 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" in 2001 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 on-going 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).

The database contains documentation provided by States and international organisations on their practice (e.g. with regard to pertinent legislation and jurisprudence) regarding:

  • Immunity of State;
  • Immunity of State agents and representatives;
  • Immunity of Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers of Foreign Affairs;
  • Immunity of diplomatic and consular missions;
  • Immunity of international organisations;
  • Immunity of agents and representatives of international organisations.

The Secretariat or the Organisation bears no responsibility for the information contained in the national contributions which should be attributed solely to the national delegations.

National contributions /
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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