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Book III Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities, 12 Privileges and Immunities of the Head of a Foreign State and Ministers

Ivor Roberts

From: Satow's Diplomatic Practice (6th Edition)

Edited By: Sir Ivor Roberts KCMG

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 September 2023

Diplomatic privileges — Heads of state and other senior officials — Immunity from jurisdiction, state officials — Immunity from jurisdiction, taxation of foreign state property
12.1 Despite the codification of the law concerning diplomats and consuls and the adoption of the 2004 UN Convention setting out the law which regulates the immunities of the State itself,1 it is a curious anomaly that the position of the head of state and the personal privileges and immunities which attach to that office remain largely based on customary international law. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 (which is discussed in detail in Chapters 8 to 11) does not deal with the personal privileges and immunities of the head of state, although...
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