The topic of immunities from jurisdiction in international law is perhaps one of the most controversial in modern international relations at one level immunities such as diplomatic and state immunity are regarded as anachronistic existing only to shield states and their officials from the normal processes of law either civil or criminal. Max planck encyclopedia of public international law mpepil article last updated immunity from jurisdiction international organizations international organizations practice and procedure published under the auspices of the max planck foundation for international peace and the rule of law under the direction of rdiger wolfrum . Immunity from prosecution is a doctrine of international law that allows an accused to avoid prosecution for criminal offences immunities are of two types the first is functional immunity or immunity ratione materiaethis is an immunity granted to people who perform certain functions of state. Immunities from jurisdiction in contemporary international law how to live with the thais saranrom journal 1975 world peace and international law saranrom journal 1976 also in soka gakkai review 1977 rapport de la commission des nations unies pour le droit commercial international sur les. General overviews beyond badr 1984 and fox 2008 which is the seminal and most authoritative text on immunities there are very few general overviews of the international law on immunity as a wholethis is particularly the case as noted in the introduction because of the tendency for the literature to develop around specific case law or law reform initiatives
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