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The Diplomatic Bag

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: 17 April 2024

Diplomatic missions — Diplomatic immunity — Diplomatic privileges — Diplomatic relations — Customary international law
… 3. The diplomatic bag shall not be opened or detained. 4. The packages constituting the diplomatic bag must bear visible external marks of their character and may contain only diplomatic documents or articles intended for official use. … Prior to the Vienna Conference it was certainly accepted international practice, and probably international law, that in exceptional cases where the receiving State had grounds for suspecting abuse of the diplomatic bag it might challenge it. The sending State might then be given a choice between returning the suspect bag to its...
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