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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Heads of State

Sir Arthur Watts

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 December 2018

Subject(s):
Recognition of states — Sovereignty — Territory, non-self-governing — States, equality — Heads of state and other senior officials — Immunity from jurisdiction, states — Comity

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 All independent State [s] normally have a Head of State. Exceptions are temporary and due to extraordinary circumstances, as with a State defeated in an armed conflict, or where the State’s governmental structure has collapsed ( Failing States ). 2 The nature of the office of Head of State is a matter for each State to determine for itself although occasionally the maintenance of a particular form of constitutional structure is the subject of a treaty obligation ( Peace Treaties ). Each State also determines whether its Head exercises substantive executive...
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