Is the Dispute between Germany and Italy over State Immunities Coming to an End (Despite Being Back at the ICJ)?
Author: Lorenzo Gradoni
For nearly two decades Germany and Italy have been embroiled in a dispute over the scope of State immunities under international law. The dispute which relates to the question of compensation for victims of crimes committed by Nazi forces in Italy or against Italian citizens, has recently been resubmitted by Germany to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Germany initially requested that the Court grant provisional measures but as explained below, due to developments over the past few days, Germany withdrew that request and the oral hearings scheduled for this week were cancelled. Three key judgments defined the evolution of…