No. 292

Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges

  • 28 May 2009

Diplomatic immunities and privileges were historically granted by a king or a ruler (or one of their representatives) to a senior landlord to grant that person greater legal and moral freedom.


Diplomatic immunities and privileges are important pillars of international relations given the fact that they are designed to facilitate the speed and efficiency with which the diplomatic corps can carry out its hugely important, and at times very sensitive tasks. In addition, they contribute to the management of international actors’ foreign affairs and enable such actors to strengthen bilateral, regional and international relations on the basis of equality and international peace and security. The
concept of diplomatic immunity has been the norm, from
the moment in which diplomatic representatives were
initially appointed and diplomatic exchanges originally
began, in view of safeguarding the independence of
diplomats as well as an acknowledgement the sovereignty
of the states they represent.


Throughout history, nation–states have respected the
special status that diplomats command and the nature of
the work they are asked to perform. For example, Roman
law deemed an assault against the ambassador of a foreign
country to be a violation of international law, and that
the perpetrator should be transferred to the country that
the ambassador represented so that its government and
people can hold the perpetrator to account.

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