Remedies against Immunity? – Conference and Call for engaged listeners



Remedies against Immunity?

Reconciling International and Domestic Law after the Italian Constitutional Court’s Sentenza 238/2014

11 – 13 May 2017, Villa Vigoni, Lake Como, Italy

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL), the Istituto di Ricerche sulla Pubblica Amministrazione (IRPA) and Villa Vigoni, German Italian Centre for European Excellence are convening a three-day international conference to take place from 11 – 13 May 2017 at Villa Vigoni, Lake Como, Italy.


Conference’s Theme and Goals

The Sentenza 238/2014 of the Italian Constitutional Court created a legal and political deadlock between the Italian and the German Republics. In denying immunity from civil jurisdiction to the German Republic for World War II Nazi crimes, the Italian Constitutional Court indirectly challenged the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s judgment of 2012 which had confirmed the principle of State immunity. The Sentenza also warrants renewed attention because a new wave of judgments issued by several Italian courts since 2015 started giving real life to the case. Court decisions of Florence, Piacenza, and Rome ordered Germany to pay reparation to Italian victims of deportation and their heirs. Germany, in turn, contends that its State immunity bars the Italian courts’ jurisdiction and refuses to appear before the Italian courts. Numerous similar cases are currently pending.


Event Venue

The venue of the event has a deep symbolic value. Villa Vigoni is a German State property situated in Italian territory and the seat of a cultural and research centre intended to promote exchanges between Germany and Italy in the fields of culture, politics and economics. In the past, measures of constraint have been taken by Italian authorities on this property in order to ensure the payment of compensation by the German State to victims of Nazi crimes.


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Call for engaged listeners

The conference will be restricted to panellists and to a limited number of engaged listeners. Preference in the selection process will be given to young scholars, PhD candidates and postdocs.

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