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Diplomatic Law

Diplomatic Law

3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020310GNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

Information about this course is applicable on academic year 2017-2018.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method

Grading (scale from 0 to 20)

Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Responsible organisation
Economic Law
Educational Team:
Activities and contact hours
  • 15 contact hours Lecture
Course content


Establishment and conduct of diplomatic relations – categories of diplomatic missions – legal position in international law of Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers and diplomatic agents – the law of special missions – classic diplomatic law – the diplomatic corps – status and functions of diplomatic missions – duties of diplomatic missions – size of diplomatic missions – diplomatic asylum – members of the diplomatic mission – head of the mission – members of the diplomatic staff – diplomatic inviolability – diplomatic privileges and immunities – sanctions in diplomatic law – case studies.

Course material
  • Digital course material (Required):
Additional info

Study material

Electronic Casebook on Diplomatic Law will be edited for the students. This casebook will be divided into two parts. Part I will contain the basic conventions such as the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the 1969 New York Convention on Special Missions, the 1973 New York Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents. Part II will include (excerpts from) relevant case law and State practice to be examined in class.


Complementary study material


A bibliography in diplomatic law will be provided.

Programme Objectives

General competences

Learning objectives


The course pursues two closely intertwined objectives: diplomatic law in theory and diplomatic law in practice.


First Objective: Diplomatic Law in Theory. This part of the course examines inter alia the establishment and conduct of diplomatic relations, the categories of diplomatic missions, the legal position in international law of Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers and diplomatic agents, the diplomatic corps, status and functions of diplomatic missions, duties of diplomatic missions, diplomatic asylum, members of the diplomatic mission, diplomatic inviolability, diplomatic privileges and immunities, and the sanctions available in diplomatic law.


Second Objective: Diplomatic Law in Practice. In this part of the course, relevant case law and State practice will be examined and discussed in class. Moreover, students will apply rules and principles of diplomatic law to facts by solving (real or fictitious) problems (problem-based learning method) in order to have a better understanding of diplomatic law in practice.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:

  • Written Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

Written exam with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info with regard to grading