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State Immunity from Enforcement in The Netherlands

25 April 2017 Marc Krestin; Sebastiaan Barten, Europe; The Netherlands

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In its judgment of 30 September 2016, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that assets of foreign states cannot be subject to attachment and enforcement in The Netherlands, unless those assets are used for non-governmental purposes.

In its judgments of 14 October 2016, the Dutch Supreme Court confirmed this general presumption of sovereign immunity from enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards against a foreign state’s assets.

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