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Inviolability of Official Correspondence

Eileen Denza

From: Diplomatic Law: Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (3rd Edition)

Professor Eileen Denza

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 April 2024

Diplomatic missions — Customary international law
… 2. The official correspondence of the mission shall be inviolable. Official correspondence means all correspondence relating to the mission and its functions. … There was no clearly established rule of customary international law according inviolability to correspondence to or from a diplomatic mission which was sent through the public postal facilities. Letters to a mission would become archives or documents of the mission on delivery, but not before. Letters from a mission were not in practice sent through the ordinary post if they were of any importance or...
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