The Vatican’s (and the Pope’s) Immunity from Legal Action in the UK

by Julian Ku

Dapo Akande over at EJIL Talk! has a pretty persuasive argument in favor of the Vatican’s status as a state under international law, and therefore, the Pope’s right to head of state immunity.  Moreover, in the UK, the courts (like in the US) are bound to accept the determination of the foreign ministry as to individuals entitled to head of state immunity.  So maybe the lawyers in the UK threatening legal action are just blowing smoke. It certainly sounds like they will be blown right out of court.

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