1 Consular functions are varied and as international relations have evolved over time, their scope has changed. When permanent diplomatic missions became widespread, consuls lost their ability to execute political, ie diplomatic, functions. Heads of diplomatic missions became unique representatives of States’ heads. During the heyday of the absolute monarchy and with the new concept of sovereignty, which assumed the subordination of every person on the territory of the receiving State to its internal regulations, consuls lost an important part of their immunities...
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