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Heads of States Immunities for International Crimes: Prospects for Consensus or Irreconcilable Impasse?

Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House; Associate Tenant, Doughty Street International
Max du Plessis, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Security Studies; Associate Tenant, Doughty Street International
Carla Ferstman, Director, REDRESS
Additional speaker TBC 
The International Law Commission (ILC) has been considering the topic of immunity of state officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction since 2006, as part of its mandate to promote the progressive development of international law and its codification. While the International Criminal Court does not recognize immunities for sitting heads of states, the African Union adopted a protocol in 2014, providing immunity from prosecution to any serving African Union head of state and extending the jurisdiction of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights to include criminal jurisdiction over international crimes. 
The meeting will discuss the divergences in approaches to the understanding of the nature and role of immunities for international crimes, having regard to the work of the ILC, as well as the prospects for strengthening legal certainty in this area of law. 
Please note that we will be serving a sandwich lunch at 12:30.
This event is held in association with Chatham House and REDRESS and is accredited with 1.5 CPD points.
Chatham House, London


Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS