SUMMARY The Immunity from Civil Jurisdiction of Foreign Heads of States as compared with the Immunity of States and Diplomatic Officers 1. The subject of this investigation, which has been treated in many works on international law as well as in some draft conven- tions, is nowadays of more interest from a theoretical than from a practical point of view. Historically, the immunity of foreign sove- reigns is the origin of the immunity of foreign states. The immunity of states and of their heads is based on a common motive: the regard to the dignity of the states and to international peace; it is also con- sidered a logical consequence of the reciprocal independence and equality of the states. To a great extent the rules governing the im- munity of states and of their heads are the same. But there is an important difference: the heads of states are human beings, the sta- tes are not. For this reason the immunity of heads of states is in some respects more related to the immunity of diplomatic officers . than to the immunity of states. The purpose of this paper is to in- vestigate the problems concerning the immunity
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1958
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