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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Domaine Réservé

Katja S Ziegler

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 March 2023

Sovereignty — Customary international law — States, equality — Immunity from jurisdiction, states

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The notion of domaine réservé (reserved domain) describes the areas of State activity that are internal or domestic affairs of a State and are therefore within its domestic jurisdiction or competence (see also Jurisdiction of States). Its precise content may vary over time according to the development of international law, but the closely linked principle of sovereignty of States entails that at least some matters remain within the regulatory competence of States. Hence the domaine réservé describes areas where States are free from international obligations and...
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