Inviolability of the Archives
Professor Eileen Denza
- 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...