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The ‘General Understandings’

Roger O’Keefe

From: The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary

Edited By: Roger O'Keefe, Christian J. Tams

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 December 2022

Subject(s):
Treaties, application — Treaties, interpretation — Immunity from jurisdiction, states — Foreign judgments, recognition and enforcement
The ‘[u]nderstandings with respect to certain provisions of the Convention’ contained in the annex, which forms an integral part of the Convention,1 are not the only ‘understandings’ subject to which the Convention must be read. There exists in addition what is referred to as a ‘general understanding’, applicable not just in respect of a specific provision or provisions but in respect of the Convention as a whole, that the Convention does not apply to criminal proceedings. There is alleged also to be a ‘general understanding’ that the Convention does not apply to...
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