Article 22 (‘Service of process’) is the first of three articles comprising Part V (‘Miscellaneous provisions’) of the Convention. It does not itself deal with any issue of State immunity from proceedings or measures of constraint. Rather, it prescribes how the writ or other document instituting proceedings regulated by the Convention is to be served on the potential respondent State. What it prescribes, given the special character of the respondent, is a regime quite different from that applicable in national legal systems to service of process on a private...
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