Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

European law scholars and experts file amicus brief in cholera case, tell court UN Immunity Cannot Be Impunity

Brief by European law scholars and practitioners support Plaintiffs in a brief that courts outside of the United States balance an international organization’s immunity protection with victims’ right of access to court. They describe how those courts have required that in return for immunity in court, international organizations must provide harmed individuals with a reasonable alternative procedure. Manfred Nowak, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna and Stanford University and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, who signed on to the brief, stated that “the UN needs to understand that immunity cannot mean impunity. If it refuses to provide people alleging harm with a path to justice, courts will refuse to uphold its immunity.” Part of the brief is below. Click HERE for the full document.   ARGUMENT 1. INTRODUCTION The present case involves a question of increasing importance […]

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