Kuwait Airways Corporation v Iraqi Airways Company (Conjoined Appeals 4 and 5): CA 10 Nov 2000

If a foreign made law was in breach of clearly established international law, then an English court should not recognise it. To do otherwise would be contrary to public policy. An interference with goods pursuant to such a law was actionable in damages. The Iraqi government passed a resolution dissolving the claimant corporation after invading its home territory, and transferred its assets to the defendant. That law was void. Losses flowing naturally from it were recoverable.


Lord Justice Rix Lord Justice Brooke Lord Justice Henry


Gazette 15-Dec-2000, Times 21-Nov-2000, [2000] EWCA Civ 284, [2001] 3 WLR 1117




England and Wales


CitedBuck v Attorney General CA 2-Jan-1965
By an action for declaratory relief, a challenge was offered to the validity of the Order in Council giving effect to the 1961 Act.
Held: The appeal failed. As a matter of international comity an English court should not grant declarations . .

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Held: The appeal failed. No claim . .
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CitedKorea National Insurance Corp (KNIC) v Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality Ag CA 2-Dec-2008
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Updated: 31 May 2022; Ref: scu.147317