IBA Annual Conference on International Criminal Law: The World in Crisis

4 Feb 2017

Session information

Immunities in national and international courts: challenges from current practice

Saturday 4 February (1600 - 1730)


War Crimes Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum


2016 has seen some significant cases concerning immunities, including the case of Omar al-Bashir in South Africa and a challenge in the UK courts concerning Special Mission Immunity granted to the Egyptian Army’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy. This session will review these and other recent cases and consider the development of law in relation to immunity.


Andreas O'Shea University of West London, London, England
Professor Guglielmo Verdirame 20 Essex Street Chambers, London, England
Professor Max du Plessis University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa