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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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On the Road to Vienna

On the Road to Vienna

The Role of the International Law Commission in the Codification of Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities, 1949–1958

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Diplomatic Law in a New Millennium

Kai Bruns

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the negotiations that preceded the 1961 Vienna Conference (which led to the conclusion of the VCDR). The author challenges the view that the successful codification was an obvious step and refers in this regard to a history of intense negotiation which spanned fifteen years. With particular reference to the International Law Commission (ILC), the chapter explores the difficult task faced by ILC members to strike a balance between the codification of existing practice and progressive development of diplomatic law. It reaches the finding that the ILC negotiations were crucial for the success of the Conference, but notes also that certain States supported a less-binding form of codification. The chapter also underlines the fact that many issues that had caused friction between the Cold War parties were settled during the preparatory meetings and remained largely untouched during the 1961 negotiations.

Keywords:   International Law Commission, Sixth Committee, Emil Sandström, Grigory Tunkin, freedom of movement, diplomatic asylum, Gerald Fitzmaurice, model code, inviolability of mission premises

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