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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Negotiations, Secret

Alberto L Davérède

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

Consular relations — Diplomatic relations — Special missions

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 The expression ‘secret negotiation’ (or, more broadly, ‘secret diplomacy’) would seem to be self-explanatory (Negotiation; Diplomacy). However, it has been used in more than one sense, and therefore requires some clarification. It is generally assumed that negotiations are secret when they are conducted in secluded places, to which other interested parties—individuals or entities—have no access to, or knowledge of, the course of the deliberations. Secrecy may be aimed at keeping the general public, the press, or non-governmental organizations (‘NGOs’), unaware...
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