European Court of Human Rights - case of Al-Adsani v. the United Kingdom (2001) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of Al-Adsani v. the United Kingdom (2001) (excerpts)

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56.  It follows that measures taken by a High Contracting Party which reflect generally recognised rules of public international law on State immunity cannot in principle be regarded as imposing a disproportionate restriction on the right of access to a court as embodied in Article 6 § 1. Just as the right of access to a court is an inherent part of the fair trial guarantee in that Article, so some restrictions on access must likewise be regarded as inherent, an example being those limitations generally accepted by the community of nations as part of the doctrine of State immunity.