The immunities of States and international organisations

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Czech Republic
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Permanent link to the contribution Republic/1963/384
Database of the CAHDI "The immunities of States and international organisations" - contribution of Czech Republic - Law of 04/12/1963

Act No. 97/1963 concerning private international law and the rules of procedure relating thereto, as amended


National Assembly of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (Národní shromáždìní Èeskoslovenské socialistické republiky)

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Points of law

Section 47 of Act No. 97/1963 Sb., as amended, provides that foreign States are, subject to stated exceptions (section 47, para. 3 lit. a) and d)), absolutely immune from the jurisdiction of Czech courts and notarial offices.

This Act is no longer in force, since it was replaced by Act No. 91/2012 Sb. (came into effect in 2014).

Specific provision(s) of the law

1. Section 47 of the Act is the principal domestic legal provision in force regulating jurisdictional immunities of foreign States and their property.

a) Section 2 of the Act provides that the provisions of the Act shall be applied only if an international treaty binding on the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (i. e. on the Czech Republic) does not provide otherwise.

b) Article 10 of Constitutional Act of the Czech Republic No. 1/1993, Constitution of the Czech Republic, in the wording that came into effect on 1 June 2002 provides as follows: Promulgated international treaties the ratification of which was approved by the Parliament and which are binding on the Czech Republic shall be part of the national legislation; if an international treaty differs from a law, the international treaty shall be applied.


Collection of Laws of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, No. 97/1963 Sb., as amended by Acts No. 158/1969 Sb., 234/1992 Sb., 264/1992 Sb. and 125/2002 Sb.

Additional information (explanations, notes, etc.)

The Act No. 97/1963 Sb. is no longer in force, since it was replaced by Act No. 91/2012 Sb. (came into effect in 2014).