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Prosecuting Former Heads of State for International Crimes

Chatham House, London

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Joanne Foakes, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House; and Author, The Position of Heads of State and other Senior Officials in International Law (OUP; forthcoming)
Georg Nolte, Member of UN International Law Commission
Discussant: Christopher Hall, Senior Legal Adviser, Amnesty International
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law, Chatham House


Immunities block prosecution of heads of state and other senior officials in foreign courts. The speakers will discuss developments regarding immunity for former officials in respect of prosecution for international crimes since the Pinochet case.

This meeting will be followed by an open drinks reception.

Immunity for International Crimes? Developments in the Law on Prosecuting Heads of State in Foreign Courts 
Briefing Paper, November 2011.