‘Book on statesmen’s legal immunity UN Library’s 2015 most read’

United Nations, Jan 8 (IANS) A book on head of states and officials’ legal immunity under international law was their most read book in 2015, said the UN headquarters’ library, leading to expressions of concern from numerous netizens from across the world.

According to a Twitter update by the Dag Hammarskjold Library posted at the end of 2015, the 488-page-book titled “Immunity of Heads of State and State Officials for International Crimes, a 2013 doctoral thesis from the University of Lucern by Ramona Pedretti, was the “most popular book of 2015”.

It discusses the immunity of heads of state and other state officials as rules of customary international law, immunity of heads of state from internationalised criminal jurisdiction, interdependency between immunity from criminal jurisdiction of a foreign state and immunity from international criminal jurisdiction among other issues.

Twitterati responded to the news, saying that it was “disturbing”, “chilling” and “unbelievable”.

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