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Exemption from Personal Services

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: 21 April 2024

Diplomatic immunity — Consular relations — Immunity from jurisdiction, agents of states
The receiving State shall exempt diplomatic agents from all personal services, from all public services of any kind whatsoever, and from military obligations such as those connected with requisitioning, military contributions and billeting. It was well established in international practice that diplomats were treated as exempt from such obligations imposed on the general public as compulsory military service and jury service. Many States made explicit provision for this in their domestic laws.1 Curiously, however, there was little mention of such an exemption in...
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