The Diplomatic Bag
Professor Eileen Denza
- Diplomatic missions — Diplomatic immunity — Diplomatic privileges — Diplomatic relations — Customary international law
… 3. The diplomatic bag shall not be opened or detained. 4. The packages constituting the diplomatic bag must bear visible external marks of their character and may contain only diplomatic documents or articles intended for official use. … Prior to the Vienna Conference it was certainly accepted international practice, and probably international law, that in exceptional cases where the receiving State had grounds for suspecting abuse of the diplomatic bag it might challenge it. The sending State might then be given a choice between returning the suspect bag to its...