International Journal of Law


International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)

Impact of Human Rights on the Law of Immunities


Joycelin Chinwe Okubuiro

This paper examines whether the conflict between human rights and the law of immunity has limited the extent of the application of immunity in domestic and international courts in matters involving international crimes. It is argued that immunity is still resisting human rights irrespective of the seriousness of the alleged human right violations because incumbent State officials such as the Head of State, Head of Government enjoy full immunity from criminal jurisdiction. However, immunity of a former State official could be stripped off and where there are waivers or other customary law exception, immunity may be limited.
Pages : 108-114