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Appointment of Head of the Mission

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: 03 March 2024

Diplomatic relations — Diplomatic missions — Heads of state and other senior officials — Customary international law
1. The sending State must make certain that the agrément of the receiving State has been given for the person it proposes to accredit as head of the mission to that State. 2. The receiving State is not obliged to give reasons to the sending State for a refusal of agrément. During the nineteenth century the practice of seeking confidential approval from the receiving State of an individual who the sending State proposed to appoint as head of its diplomatic mission began to harden from a general practice into a customary rule. In 1928 the Havana Convention on...
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