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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Special Missions

Ali M El-Haj

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 January 2021

Diplomatic missions — Special missions

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 The term ‘special missions’ was adopted by the International Law Commission (ILC) to refer to a form of ad hoc representation used by States in their mutual international relations. In practice, the expression ‘delegation’ is often used. However, the latter term refers to a larger class of delegations (Paszkowski 267). ‘Special missions’ refers only to official delegations sent by one State to another for the purpose of dealing with it on specific questions and performing in relation to it a specific task. Accordingly, a special mission is as a rule an...
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