The impact of the internet era on diplomatic

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Gergő Pasqualetti's presentation on Diplomatic privileges and immunities in the Internet era discusses screening of the diplomatic bag, diplomatic wireless and the methods of legal interpretation in the search for solutions to new controversies.

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The impact of the internet era on diplomatic

  1. 1. Diplomatic privileges and immunities in the Internet era [email_address]
  2. 2. Screening of the diplomatic bag <ul><li>Relevant instruments/concept of inviolability: </li></ul><ul><li>Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961. Art. 27.3. „ The diplomatic bag shall not be opened or detained ” </li></ul><ul><li>Art. 27.2. „ The official correspondence of the mission shall be inviolable .” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Screening of the diplomatic bag <ul><li>Status of the diplomatic courier and the diplomatic bag Art. 28. and relevant ILC Commentaries: expands the concept of inviolability with the prohibition of using X-RAY devices </li></ul><ul><li>300/2008/EC regulation on civil aviation security provides no exception from screening (ambiguities are being handled by COJUR recently) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Diplomatic wireless <ul><li>Relevant instruments: </li></ul><ul><li>VCDR draft Art. 25.1. ILC Commentaries (1958): „If a mission wishes to make use of its own wireless transmitter it must, in accordance with the international conventions on telecommunications , apply to the receiving State for special permission.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Diplomatic wireless <ul><li>New concept: </li></ul><ul><li>ITU Constitution defines Government tele-communications: (…) originating with any diplomatic or consular agents (…) [Annex 1014] </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunication: Any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing images and sounds of intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagnetic systems. [Annex 1012] </li></ul>
  6. 6. Methods of legal interpretation <ul><li>Grammatical – actual meaning of words and sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Contextual – broader textual environment considered </li></ul><ul><li>Teleological – purpose to be achieved </li></ul><ul><li>Historical – in light of historical roots </li></ul>
  7. 7. Solution for us <ul><li>Evolutive interpretation – the meaning of a concept can change over time (see ECHR practice) </li></ul><ul><li>We whish to come to a desired result </li></ul><ul><li>We take into account modern (even political) challenges </li></ul><ul><li>We circumvent the original concept by reference to modern technologies </li></ul>
  8. 8. I’m waiting for your questions

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