This chapter examines a potential obstacle to national proceedings, as the developing law of immunities reveals something of a conflict between the needs of justice and the functioning of inter-State relations, with the result that one of the central tenets of the ‘accountability’ school (that immunities are unavailable with respect to international crimes) must now at least in part be brought into question. It shows that international law is likely to set clear limits on the applicable doctrines of immunity while leaving a space within which these continue to operate.
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