The CAHDI monitors developments in several areas in the field of immunities, in particular immunities of States and international organisations and their officials as well as those of Heads of State/Government and senior government officials, immunity of State owned cultural property on loan and immunities of special missions. The CAHDI considers relevant international case-law, case-law of member and observer states' domestic courts as well as national legislation on the field of immunities. In addition, the CAHDI also monitors international conventions in this area, such as the ratification and signature of the United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their Property by CAHDI members and observer States.
Seminar on "State Immunity under International Law and Current Challenges"
In the context of the Chairmanship of the Czech Republic of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and on the occasion of the 54th meeting of the CAHDI (Strasbourg, 21-22 September 2017), a Seminar on “State Immunity under International Law and Current Challenges” was organised in Strasbourg on 20 September 2017. The proceedings of the Seminar are available at the following link.
Immunities of Special Missions
At its 46th meeting (Strasbourg, 16-17 September 2013), the CAHDI agreed to include the topic of “Immunities of special missions” in its agenda at the request of the United Kingdom. Following this meeting, the Secretariat and the Chair of the CAHDI drafted a questionnaire aimed at establishing an overview of the legislation and specific national practices in this field. To date, 38 delegations have submitted replies to this questionnaire, which can be found in the following document.
Considering the topicality and importance of this issue, the CAHDI agreed that Sir Michael Wood, member of the United Nations International Law Commission and former Chair of the CAHDI, together with Mr Andrew Sanger (Lecturer, Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge), would prepare an analytical report on legislation and practice of member States of the Council of Europe and other States and international organisations participating in the CAHDI concerning “Immunities of Special Missions”, including the main trends arising from the replies to the questionnaire prepared by the CAHDI on this matter. The analytical report prepared by Sir Michael Wood and Mr Andrew Sanger, as well as the 38 replies to the questionnaire submitted by member and non-member States, has become a CAHDI book, published by Brill-Nijhoff Publishers.