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Diplomatic Law in a New Millennium$
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Paul Behrens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198795940.001.0001

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The Diplomatic Duffle Disparity—A Third World Perspective

The Diplomatic Duffle Disparity—A Third World Perspective

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Diplomatic Law in a New Millennium

Sana Sud

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the contemporary position of the diplomatic bag. Based on its regulation in the VCDR, the author examines the legal situation and the chief controversies it involves. That includes analysing the shift in power balance from the receiving countries, pre-VCDR, to the sending countries with regards to the bag, and between the developed nations greater ability to discern the contents of the bag vis-à-vis the developing nations. The author then provides solutions on how the balance of national interest and inviolability of the bag can be restored by having a preliminary screening or checking and also through an independent body vested with power to walk the line of this delicate balance by determining whether there is a strong reason for a full screening of the diplomatic bag or for sending it back to its place of origin.

Keywords:   diplomatic bag, developing countries, screening, power misbalance, independent body, inviolability

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