State Immunity Act

(Original Enactment: Act 19 of 1979)

(30th March 1987)
An Act to make provision with respect to proceedings in Singapore by or against other States, and for purposes connected therewith.
[26th October 1979]
Short title and application
1.—(1)  This Act may be cited as the State Immunity Act.
(2)  Subject to subsection (3), Part II does not apply to proceedings in respect of matters that occurred before the commencement of this Act and, in particular —
(a)sections 4(2) and 15(3) do not apply to any prior agreement; and
(b)sections 5, 6 and 11 do not apply to any transaction, contract or arbitration agreement,
entered into before that date.
(3)  Section 14 applies to any proceedings instituted after the commencement of this Act.
2.—(1)  In this Act —
“commercial purposes” means purposes of such transactions or activities as are mentioned in section 5(3);
“court” includes any tribunal or body exercising judicial functions;
“ship” includes hovercraft.
(2)  In this Act —
(a)references to an agreement in sections 4(2) and 15(3) include references to a treaty, convention or other international agreement;
(b)references to entry of appearance and judgments in default of appearance include references to any corresponding procedures.