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State Immunity: The UN Convention and Current Practice

Chatham House, London

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Joanne Foakes, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
Lorna McGregor, Director, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
Antonios Tzanakopoulos, University Lecturer in Public International Law, University of Oxford
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House


In the context of a forthcoming Chatham House briefing paper on the UN Convention on State Immunity, the speakers will address developments in the law since the adoption of the convention and discuss why there are so few states parties, whether the UK should become a party and whether the convention has increased legal certainty or if practice continues to be uneven and divergent. The speakers will also consider whether there is any room for an exception from immunity for grave human rights abuses.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception from 19.30-20.00.