Inviolability of Residence and Property
Professor Eileen Denza
- Diplomatic immunity — Diplomatic missions — Customary international law — Immunity from jurisdiction, agents of states — Diplomatic privileges — Immunity from jurisdiction, states
1. The private residence of a diplomatic agent shall enjoy the same inviolability and protection as the premises of the mission. 2. His papers, correspondence and, except as provided in paragraph 3 of Article 31, his property, shall likewise enjoy inviolability. The rule that the private residence and property of a diplomatic agent were inviolable was long established in customary international law. Article 30 has clarified a number of the uncertain points, and has extended the scope of this inviolability—perhaps beyond what is easily justifiable on grounds of...