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Personal Inviolability

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: 19 September 2020

Subject(s):
Diplomatic missions — Diplomatic relations — Diplomatic privileges — Customary international law — Diplomatic immunity — Consular relations — Diplomatic protection — Immunity from jurisdiction, absolute
The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity. Inviolability of the person of a diplomatic agent is certainly the oldest established rule of diplomatic law. Wherever among the separate States of an international community ambassadors were sent and received, custom or religion invariably accorded a special protection to their persons. Among the city States...
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