ILO Newsletter 22. November 2012

Dispute Resolution / Litigation & Arbitration

Supreme Court takes restrictive view on state immunity


The Supreme Court recently clarified the relationship between state immunity and enforcement of an arbitral award in a case concerning art loaned by the Czech Republic to a Vienna museum for an exhibition. The Czech Republic argued that the works of art under dispute were cultural objects serving the country´s sovereign aims, and thus exempt from enforcement proceedings. The Supreme Court rejected this defence. 


Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz

M.B.L.-HSG Partner