Spain’s Emeritus King Denied Right to Sovereign Immunity in Harassment Case

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Kobre and Kim LLP

The High Court of Justice in the UK ruled today that Juan Carlos de Borbón y Borbón, the King Emeritus of Spain, does not have the right to sovereign immunity in relation to the claim brought against him by Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein in the English courts.

In his judgment, Mr. Justice Nicklin has ruled that Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein’s claim for harassment is clearly not governmental or sovereign activity, but concerns Juan Carlos’s private acts in the aftermath of a romantic relationship.

The judge rejected every ground of sovereign immunity claimed by Juan Carlos. The judge found that Juan Carlos:

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