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February 2, 2010 Govt 446 Chapter 2 States under international law States have Sovereign immunity – no states can be sued in the courts of another state without its permission. Both states are sovereign entities, and hence they are equal Absolute Immunity Heads of state and representatives of government Augusto Pinochet – declared himself to be a senator for life House of Lords – decided that ex-heads of states are not entitled to immunity especially when it comes to human rights violations. Pinochet – important because he was related to absolute immunity International court of justice – Congo v Belgium Mr. yerida – foreign minister of The ICJ ruled in favor of Congo Page 96,97 in the textbook. Congo’s argument – mr. yerida had to change his travel plans so if he wasn’t able to go to Belgium without being arrested so therefore it interfered with his ability to be a foreign minister ICJ said it was NOT impunity Diplomats – cannot be brought under the jurisdiction of another state
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