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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Haile Selassie v Cable & Wireless Ltd Case

Thilo Rensmann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 January 2020

Subject(s):
Immunity from jurisdiction, states — International economic law

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

1In 1935, the Director-General of Posts, Telegraphs, and Telephones of Ethiopia, acting on behalf of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, entered into a contract for the institution and operation of a radio telegraphic service with the British Company Cable & Wireless Ltd (‘Cable & Wireless’). 2Following the Italian invasion and occupation of Ethiopia in 1936 (Occupation, Belligerent), the Ethiopian Emperor was forced to leave his country and subsequently lived in London (see also Colonialism). 3On 9 May 1936 Italy proclaimed the annexation of Ethiopia and the...
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