Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Conference: State Immunity and Human Rights

On April 12, 2010, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Society of Legal Scholars International Law Section will be co-hosting the 19th Conference on Theory and International Law. This year's theme is "State Immunity and Human Rights." Here's the idea:

The last few years have seen numerous cases in various jurisdictions seeking to hold foreign States and their agents accountable for serious human rights violations. The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in Al-Adsani v UK cannot be said to have settled the controversy, and the issue has returned to the Court in Jones v UK, as well as being put before the International Court of Justice in by Germany against Italy for failing to respect its jurisdictional immunities as a sovereign State.

The conference will provide an overview of how different national courts in Europe have approached questions of the immunities of States and their agents for human rights violations and the conflicts that have arisen, culminating in Germany’s recent application to the ICJ. Panels will examine key theoretical and conceptual issues, current developments and proposals for reform of the law.