A critical examination of the British municipal court rulings on cases of international immunity: Revisiting the imperatives of politics of international law

  • Ernest Toochi Aniche
  • Cogent Social Sciences, June 2016, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2016.1198523

Revisiting the Imperatives of Politics of International Law

What is it about?

We are now living in a world where the judgements of courts are not purely based on rule of law but on dictates of politics. The relevance of this paper is demonstrated by its focus on the impact of politics on international law of immunity. The paper critically examines the legality, consistency and enforceability of international law by using some case illustrations concerning the British court rulings on international immunity. It discusses the origin, development, classification, and meaning of international law of immunity. The paper further identifies and explains various types of international immunity. Also, the paper differentiates between domestic immunity and international immunity. Finally, the paper acknowledges controversial nature of international law on immunity; demonstrates the inconsistency of the British municipal court rulings on international immunity; and as well, recognizes the impact of national interest to the rulings of British municipal courts on immunity cases.

Why is it important?

The paper is relevant because it interrogates the interface between international politics and international law with particular reference to the British municipal court rulings on cases of international immunity using some case illustrations.


Dr Ernest Toochi Aniche
Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

The article revisits the nexus between politics and international law.

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