Regina (HRH Sultan of Pahang) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 616;  WLR (D) 183
“The question of who was a head of state such as to attract state immunity was a matter for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and not for the court. A certificate issued by the Secretary of State under section 21 of the State Immunity Act 1978 was conclusive evidence of the status of a territory for the purposes of Part I of the 1978 Act. The certificate was the only proper means by which the court could, for the purposes of the common law where it continued to apply, inform itself of a territory’s status and of the identity of the head of state.”
WLR Daily, 25th May 2011
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NML Capital Ltd v Republic of Argentina  EWCA Civ 41;  WLR (D) 28
“A court had no jurisdiction to permit a claimant to serve proceedings on a foreign state unless it was satisfied that there was, at the least, a good arguable case that the defendant state was not immune from suit. S 31 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 remained subject to the provisions of the State Immunity Act 1978 as regards the circumstances in which the courts could exercise jurisdiction over states when a claimant wished to implead them in those courts.”
WLR Daily, 5th February 2010
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“The government is invoking an obscure legal principle to dismiss claims of torture and rape by the British colonial administration in Kenya, campaigners claimed.”
The Guardian, 25th January 2010
NML Capital Ltd v Republic of Argentina
Queen’s Bench Division
“A foreign state was not entitled to claim sovereign immunity to avoid enforcement of a judgment validly obtained in another overseas jurisdiction.”
The Times, 11th February 2009
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“A new law which would allow victims of torture to sue torturers in UK courts is being considered by Parliament.”
BBC News, 16th May 2008