The universal jurisdiction of south african criminal courts and immunities of foreign state officials



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THE UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION OF SOUTH AFRICAN CRIMINAL COURTS AND IMMUNITIES OF FOREIGN STATE OFFICIALS





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The extent of immunity under international law is important for the international legal order, and for the maintenance of good relations between states. Failure to respect immunity and inviolability under international law is a breach of an international obligation, and the responsibility for this lies with the state. A court which issues a warrant, or brings proceedings against a person who is inviolable and entitled to immunity, is involving the responsibility of the state.1



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