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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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In Praise of a Self-Contained Regime

In Praise of a Self-Contained Regime

Why the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations Remains Important Today

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(p.23) 3 In Praise of a Self-Contained Regime
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Diplomatic Law in a New Millennium
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J Craig Barker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795940.003.0003

This chapter is dedicated to the challenges which the VCDR, fifty years into its existence, faces in a world marked by a globalized economy and rapid technological developments. The author reflects on new diplomatic processes which have emerged through the creation of governmental and non-governmental institutions and on notions such as collaborative, public, and cultural diplomacy which have challenged accepted understandings of the role and functions of traditional diplomacy. Barker also explores the fact that international law itself is changing from a system regulating co-existing sovereignties to a possibly fragmented discourse of complex frameworks which themselves challenge the sovereignty paradigm. In this context, he investigates the continued relevance and purpose of the VCDR and gives particular focus to existing mechanisms within the Convention that allow for modified and developed interpretations of the Convention to take account of the changing international world in which contemporary diplomacy operates.

Keywords:   privileges and immunities, abuse, human rights, sovereignty

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