Appraisal of the Concept of State Immunity in Contemporary Time


States are generally not criminally liable for offences committed by them in another states pursuant to the international law concept of state immunity. State immunity is a principle of international law that is often relied upon by states to claim that the particular court or tribunal does not have jurisdiction over it, or to prevent enforcement of an award or judgment against any of its assets. Accordingly, state immunity is usually considered whenever dealing with states or states entities. Derived from the standpoint of sovereign equality, the doctrine of state immunity argues that one state has no right to judge the actions of another by the standard of its national law. The principle of state immunity developed out of customary international law that is based on sovereign equality and principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of another state, is justified to enable the maintenance of dignity of sovereign and the promotion of international relations.