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MPIL Agora, The Immunities of International Organisations and Access to Justice, Rishi Gulati (King’s College London)

24 February 2016 @ 16:0017:00

International  Organisations  (“IOs”)  enjoy  jurisdictional  immunities  before  domestic courts. The  effect  of  such immunities  is  that,  generally  speaking,  national  courts refuse  to  adjudicate  disputes  where  an  IO  is  sued,  and where  that  IO  refuses  to waive  its  immunity  from  suit.  Traditionally,  IO  immunities  have  been  absolute, and generally  speaking  domestic  courts  refuse  to  pierce  it.  This  means  that  often, individuals  and  private  parties who  may  have  a  grievance  against  an  IO,  in  seeking  a remedy,  are  left  to  the  mercy  of  the  IO’s  internal  justice system,  or  to alternative  forms  of  dispute  resolution  such  as  arbitration,  which  can  be  expensive and  opaque. In  this  presentation,  I  will  first,  highlight  the  kinds  of  disputes  that may  arise  between  IOs  and  private  parties. Second,  I  focus  on  disputes  between IOs  and  its  staff,  a  common  occurrence,  showing  that  such  employees  may
often  be  left  without  a  remedy. Given  that  such  cases  arise  frequently,  this  is  a fertile  ground  to  analyse  how the  principles  on  IO  immunities  are  developing  and work  in  practice.
Finally,  I  discuss  the  case  law  from  the European  Court  of  Human  Right regarding  the  right  to  access  to  courts  and  its  bearing  on  IO  immunity.  I  will  conclude  by  making  observations  whether  or  not  these  decisions  have  succeeded  in  enhancing  access  to  justice.

Details

Date:
24 February 2016
Time:
16:00 – 17:00
Website:
http://www.mpil.de/apps/eventcalendar/data/pdf1/gulati_mpil_agora_24_02_16.pdf

Venue

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Room 014
Heidelberg, Germany + Google Map