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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Special Envoy

Mehrdad Payandeh

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 October 2021

Diplomatic relations — Heads of state and other senior officials — Special missions — Foreign relations law

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 A special envoy is an individual who, like a special representative, represents an international organization or a State on the basis of a temporary mandate. Since the early days of diplomatic relations between States and other political entities, special envoys have played an important, though usually rather unobtrusive role. By now they also form an inherent part of the institutional structure of the United Nations (UN) and can be found in the realm of regional organizations such as the European Union (‘EU’), the African Union (AU), or the Organization for...
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