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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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When will sanctions frustrate an agreement?

A recent judgment of the English Commercial Court has highlighted the issue of the effect of new sanctions legislation upon contractual obligations, and in particular the importance of considering applications for available licences before seeking to rely on the doctrine … Continue reading

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UK Court of Appeal considers the immunity from suit of the family of a head of state

The Court of Appeal has examined the extent to which foreign heads of state and their families can claim immunity under the State Immunity Act 1978 (the SIA) when acting in their personal capacity. The Court of Appeal has confirmed … Continue reading

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Contractual disputes and practical implications arising from sanctions in the aftermath of the Arab Spring

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring and amidst continuing unrest in the region, the Middle East remains at the forefront of the international sanctions agenda. Craig Tevendale, partner, and Maguelonne de Brugiere, associate, examine the impact that such sanctions … Continue reading

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