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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Consular Jurisdiction

Paweł Czubik, Piotr Szwedo

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 September 2023

Consular relations

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 Consular jurisdiction today is regarded as being of historical significance only. However, remnants of it may be found in contemporary international law. Consular jurisdiction excluded the judicial competence of the receiving State with regard to the nationals of the sending State. Foreigners were subordinated to consuls who exercised judicial authority. Such exclusion infringed the sovereignty of the receiving State in the contemporary meaning of this notion.2 Consular jurisdiction was a feature of those times when personalism, as opposed to territorialism,...
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