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Symposium Epilog: Foreign Sovereign Immunity at Home and Abroad

dc.contributor.authorWuerth, Ingrid Brunk
dc.identifier.citation44 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1233 (2011)en_US
dc.description.abstractIf the international law of immunity once purported to make foreign states, their rulers, their officials, and their boats all identical in some sense--the sovereign equality of states--today immunity distinguishes and differentiates between the state's commercial and private features, its tortious and non-tortious conduct committed in the forum state, and sometimes even the torture, war crimes, and acts of terrorism carried out in its name. Of course, sovereign equality has diminished in general as human rights have grown, but even as nation-states accept treaty-based obligations toward their own citizens, they refuse to make themselves explicitly accountable in the national courts of other countries and usually refuse to hold other states accountable in their own courts. Immunity often remains the stylized equalizer.en_US
dc.format.extent1 document (7 pages)en_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Journal of Transnational Lawen_US
dc.subject.lcshImmunities of foreign statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshInternational lawen_US
dc.titleSymposium Epilog: Foreign Sovereign Immunity at Home and Abroaden_US

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