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Inviolability of the Archives

Eileen Denza

From: Diplomatic Law: Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (3rd Edition)

Professor Eileen Denza

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 14 August 2020

Subject(s):
Diplomatic missions — Customary international law — Diplomatic immunity — Immunity from jurisdiction, states — Consular relations
The archives and documents of the mission shall be inviolable at any time and wherever they may be. The inviolability of diplomatic archives on the premises of the mission followed from the inviolability of those premises, and those in normal transit were protected by the—more limited—inviolability of the diplomatic bag and courier. Only in the twentieth century have courts and governments addressed the question of the status of diplomatic documents not on the premises of the mission nor in the custody of a courier or member of a mission—and perhaps not easily...
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