Sovereign Immunity

English court declines execution against state-owned property on grounds of immunity

In L R Avionics Technologies Limited v. The Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation of Nigeria [2016] EWHC 1761 (Comm), the English High Court has set aside a charging order enforcing an arbitral award and related foreign … Continue reading

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The development of State and Diplomatic Immunity under English law: views and insight

Herbert Smith Freehills Partners Dominic Roughton and Andrew Cannon have given an interview to Lexis Nexis on the development of the English law of state immunity and diplomatic immunity following the English court's decision in Attiya v Jaber Al Thani [2016] EWHC … Continue reading

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English High Court orders payment of $100m arbitral peremptory order, denying KRG claim to immunity

In its recent judgment of 20 November 2015, the High Court of England and Wales (the "Court") enforced a US$100m peremptory order made in arbitral proceedings against the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. The judgment considers a number of interesting … Continue reading

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Video post: State immunity and waiver of immunity issues in English law

Andrew Cannon, Partner in our International Arbitration and Public International Law practices has posted a short video on our Public International Law Notes blog on "State immunity and waiver of immunity issues in English law".  Andrew discusses the restrictive doctrine … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills hosts Panel Discussion and Seminar on “The State of State Immunity” in conjunction with the British Branch of the International Law Association

Herbert Smith Freehills, in conjunction with the British Branch of the International Law Association, is hosting a Seminar entitled “The State of State Immunity”. The Seminar will address Recent Developments, the “Commercial Purposes” Exception and provide practical guidance on negotiating … Continue reading

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States lose immunity by taking steps in proceedings in the English Courts to challenge an arbitral Tribunal’s jurisdiction

In an appeal in a case considering the interrelation between arbitration and state immunity, on an application by France and Spain (the States), the English Court of Appeal (the Court) refused to reverse the decision of the High Court which … Continue reading

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English High Court says that a head of state who dies in office enjoys immunity only in respect of official acts

Introduction In the recent decision of Harb v HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz [2014] EWHC 1807 (Ch), the High Court found that the principles of state immunity apply to a head of state who dies in … Continue reading

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ECHR reaffirms State immunity from civil proceedings for acts of torture in Jones v United Kingdom

In the recent case of Jones and others v United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) found that the United Kingdom had not breached Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right of access … Continue reading

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English High Court considers: arbitability of civil claims with a criminal aspect; its discretion to enforce awards under s66 of the Arbitration Act 1996; and the scope of the arbitration exception to immunity under s9 of the State Immunity Act 1978

In The London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v The Kingdom of Spain and the French State [2013] EWHC 3188 (Comm), the High Court had to consider whether to exercise its discretion under section 66 of the English Arbitration … Continue reading

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Recent Developments in India-related international arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has issued its latest Indian International Arbitration e-bulletin. The e-bulletin considers two decisions of the Delhi High Court – one which presents a novel interpretation of the Indian Arbitration Act while expanding the scope for court intervention … Continue reading

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