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Human Rights and the Immunities of Foreign States and International Organizations

Riccardo Pavoni

in Hierarchy in International Law

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199647071
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647071.003.0004
Human Rights and the Immunities of Foreign States and International Organizations

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By extensively drawing on existing judicial practice, this chapter argues that the relationship between human rights and the immunities of states and international organizations may be conceptualized as a tension among competing rules which can be worked out by means of interpretation, thus as an apparent conflict of norms open to the application of conflict avoidance techniques. It particularly advocates an ‘alternative-remedies test’ as a reasonable balance between the values and interests underlying the competing rules at stake. It considers that jus cogens may well play a role as a chiefly important element to be taken into account in this balancing process. The overall conclusion is that current and evolving practice in this field lends support to the emergence of a de facto human rights-based normative hierarchy in international law.

Keywords: immunities; international organizations; foreign states; alternative remedies; conflict avoidance techniques

Chapter.  25078 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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