Diplomatic Law 4E: Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by Eileen DenzaDiplomatic Law 4E: Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by Eileen Denza

Diplomatic Law 4E: Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

byEileen Denza

Hardcover | February 13, 2016

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The 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations has for over 50 years been central to diplomacy and applied to all forms of relations among sovereign States. Participation is almost universal. The rules giving special protection to ambassadors are the oldest established in international lawand the Convention is respected almost everywhere. But understanding it as a living instrument requires knowledge of its background in customary international law, of the negotiating history which clarifies many of its terms and the subsequent practice of states and decisions of national courtswhich have resolved other ambiguities. Diplomatic Law provides this in-depth Commentary. The book is an essential guide to changing methods of modern diplomacy and shows how challenges to its regime of special protection for embassies and diplomats have been met and resolved. It is used byministries of foreign affairs and cited by domestic courts world-wide.The book analyzes the reasons for the widespread observance of the Convention rules and why in the special case of communications - where there is flagrant violation of their special status - these reasons do not apply. It describes how abuse has been controlled and how the immunities in theConvention have survived onslaught by those claiming that they should give way to conflicting entitlements to access to justice and the desire to punish violators of human rights. It describes how the duty of diplomats not to interfere in the internal affairs of the host State is being narrowed inthe face of the communal international responsibility to monitor and uphold human rights.
Eileen Denza is a former Legal Councillor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was a visiting professor at University College, London from 1997 to 2008. She was the legal advisor to the UK representation to the European Community from 1980 to 1983, and was Council to the EC Committee in the House of Lords from 1987 to 1995.
Title:Diplomatic Law 4E: Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic RelationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:472 pagesPublished:February 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198703961

ISBN - 13:9780198703969

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Table of Contents

IntroductionCommentary on PreambleCommentary on Articles 1- 53Commentary on optional protocolsAppendix 1: The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic RelationsAppendix 2: Parties to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

Editorial Reviews

"Rarely is an international law reference text, let alone an article-by-article commentary on a convention, both authoritative and entertaining, Eileen Denza's third edition of Diplomatic Law is, however, an exception" --Lance Bartholomeusz, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine, EJIL 20