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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Immunities before National Courts

Chanaka Wickremasinghe

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 May 2023

Immunity from jurisdiction, international organizations — Relationship between international and domestic law

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 immunities of international organizations are essentially granted to ensure that an international organization can fulfil its functions as an actor on the international plane (International Organizations or Institutions, Privileges and Immunities). By contrast with the law on State immunity, the law relating to the immunities of international organizations has developed primarily in treaty practice rather than in customary international law. The relevant treaties are therefore negotiated to ensure that each organization is granted an appropriate level of...
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