The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations codifies the rules for the exchange of embassies among sovereign States. These rules protecting the sanctity of ambassadors and enabling them to carry out their functions are the oldest established and the most fundamental rules of international law. The Convention is a cornerstone of the modern international legal order. When the first edition of Diplomatic Law was completed the Vienna Convention had been in force for eleven years, and 112 States were Parties. Even then it was apparent that the Convention had received...
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