The law of state immunity: from erosion to transformation

Available in Russian

Author: Vladislav Starzhenetskiy

DOI: 10.21128/2226-2059-2017-2-133-138

Keywords: human rights; international law; jurisdiction; sovereignty; state immunity


Hazel Fox’s and Phillipa Webb’s new book provides a useful introduction to the dynamic development of the institute of state immunity over the previous several decades: from the erosion of the concept of an absolute immunity of states to the transformation and adaptation of this legal institution to new realities under pressure of human right’s defenses. This fundamental work serves as an encyclopedia on the legal regulation of state immunity in both international law and in national legal systems (namely in Great Britain and the United States). The reader will find not only a detailed description of theoretic questions, a systemic description of the evolution of the legal regulation of state immunity, and many examples of judicial and arbitration practices, but also proposals for reforming this institute. The authors show the ongoing transformation of the regime of state immunity using examples from the judicial practices of states. However, the author of this book review notes that modern state immunity cases can develop in several directions. Some states will accept a narrow concept of immunity, while others will be faithful to a wide concept on a basis of mutuality, making exceptions for states in the first group.

About the author: Vladislav Starzhenetskiy – Candidate of Sciences (Ph.D.) in Law, Associate Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.

Citation: Starzhenetskiy V. (2017) Gosudarstvennye immunitety: ot destruktsii k transformatsii: Retsenziya: Fox H., Webb Ph. The Law of State Immunity. Third edition. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015. 704 pp. [The law of State immunity: from erosion to transformation: A review of Fox H., Webb Ph. The Law of State Immunity. Third edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 704 pp.]. Mezhdunarodnoe pravosudie, no. 2, pp. 133–138. (In Russian).