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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Governments in Exile

Katrin Tiroch

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

Diplomatic relations — Act of state — Diplomatic privileges — Recognition of governments — Insurgents and insurrection — National liberation movements — Diplomatic immunity

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Governments in exile constitute a peculiarity within State practice. History has shown that there have been diverse exiled groups. States have recognized some of them as governments in exile and entered into diverse relations with them (Recognition). Various legal authors have attempted to comprehend this phenomenon and to solve it according to legal principles. However, final clarity about its legal classification and practical significance has not yet been reached (see also Governments).2 The establishment of a government in exile always has to be appraised...
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