The immunities of States and international organisations

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Database of the CAHDI "The immunities of States and international organisations" - contribution of Cyprus - Law of 14/10/1965

The Diplomatic Rights, Immunities and Privileges Law, 1965 as amended by the Laws 67 of 1977 and 47 of 1985


House of Representatives

Number of the law

No. 60 of 1965

Date of the law


Points of law

A law to make provision for the rights, immunities and privileges of the diplomatic missions and diplomatic agents accredited to the Republic of Cyprus and of certain other persons and for matters connected therewith.

Specific provision(s) of the law

3. A Law ratifying the European Convention on State Immunities and Additional Protocol
(Law 6/76).

Section 12 of law 60 of 1965 (Annex I) provides:
“12.-(1) A diplomatic agent shall enjoy immunity from criminal and civil
jurisdiction of the Republic, except in the case of :
(a) an action in respect of immovable property owned or occupied by
him otherwise than on behalf of the sending State or for the purposes
of the diplomatic mission;
(b) an action in respect of succession in which the diplomatic agent is
involved as executor, administrator, heir or legatee, otherwise than in
this official capacity;
(c) an action in respect of the exercise of any profession of the carrying
on of any trade or business by the diplomatic agent in his private

(2) Save with the consent of the head of the diplomatic mission, a diplomatic
agent shall not be required to give evidence in any civil of criminal

(3) No execution shall be levied in respect of a diplomatic agent except in the
case of paragraphs (a), (b) or (c) of sub-section (1):
Provided that in such a case execution may be levied without infringing the
inviolability of the person or residence of the diplomatic agent.

(4) The immunity from civil and criminal jurisdiction of a diplomatic agent
under this section may be waived by the head of the diplomatic mission:
Provided that in the case of execution of a judgment a specific waiver shall
be required.”

4. It should be noted that all international treaties ratified by Law, have superior force to
any other Law in Cyprus, on condition that such treaties are applied by the other party.

5. There are no judicial decisions involving state immunity and related matters.



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