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Jurisdictional Immunities of States and International Organizations


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Foreword Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. State Immunity Chapter 1. Historical Development and Rationale Chapter 2. Overview of Sources of Law of State Immunity Chapter 3. Scope of State Immunity Chapter 4. Competing or Conflicting Norms, and Related but Different Doctrine Part II. Immunity of International Organizations Chapter 5. Nature of International Organizations and Purpose of their Immunity Chapter 6. Legal Status of International Organizations Chapter 7. Sources of the Law of Immunity of International Organizations Chapter 8. Determination and Scope of Immunity of International Organizations Part III. Cross-cutting and Confused Concepts Chapter 9. Similarities and Differences between Immunities Chapter 10. Conclusion Index

About the Author

Edward Chukwuemeke Okeke is an international law scholar and practitioner, admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. He has extensive experience in international organizations, having served in the Institutional Administration Practice Group of the Legal Vice Presidency at the World Bank, the Office of Legal Affairs of UNESCO, and the Office of the Legal Counsel and the Administrative Law Unit of the United Nations. He is the recipient of the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award from New York Law School and the Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award from the New York State Bar Association. He has been published in Arbitration International, and has contributed two chapters in The Conventions on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies: A Commentary (Oxford, Edited by August Reinisch 2016).


"Okeke delivers beautifully on what he set out to do, creating a vade mecum on the law and practice of jurisdictional immunities of States and international organisations. ... there is no doubt in the mind of this reviewer that Okeke's book will be on the desk right next to the computer of anybody who sets out to write about the immunity of States and international organisations in the foreseeable future, be it as a student, be it as a scholar, be it as a practitioner, or be it to engage in lofty doctrinal debates in any of these capacities. A wealth of information, diligently collected and analysed, cogently delivered and explained, a true treasure trove. A must have for any decent library of international law and anybody working around this subject." -- Jurgen Brohmer, German Yearbook of International Law "This well-written book offers a thoughtful, substantive discussion of the main issues of international law and domestic practice concerning the jurisdictional immunities of states and international organizations. Based on extensive research and careful analysis, it deserves to become a standard reference for years to come." -- David P. Stewart, American Journal of International Law "An acute and scholarly update on the law of the Jurisdictional Immunities of States and International Organizations." - Stephen M. Schwebel, former judge of the International Court of Justice "This book provides an excellent introduction to the complex and controversial subject of immunity of foreign States and international organizations from suits in national courts, with a special focus on the United States and United Kingdom. Practitioners will find this an especially useful resource." - John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and Former Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State from 2005 to 2009 "The importance of privileges and immunities to the functioning of international organizations cannot be overemphasized, and this comprehensible book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the immunity of international organizations from the jurisdiction of national courts. All those who work for, work with, or are interested in international organizations should make sure they have a copy on their desk!" - Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, The World Bank Group "By what authority do courts and tribunals pass judgment on the conduct of sovereigns and international organizations? The ground is well traversed with respect to the former, less so in the case of the latter. The fruit of impressive and wide-ranging research, resolutely giving primacy to experience rather than theory, this book reveals the functional similarities and disparities of the immunities of these two types of entities, and in so doing, leads the reader to a more profound understanding of both." - Jan Paulsson, Professor of Law, University of Miami, and Founding Partner, Three Crowns LLP

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