diplomatic privilege

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The immunity given to members of diplomatic missions and diplomatic couriers from arrest and prosecution for any criminal offence. The premises and diplomatic bags of the mission are inviolable and cannot be entered unless privilege is waived. The law on diplomatic privilege is laid down in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 and brought into UK law by the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 and subsequent Acts. It is an offence under the Criminal Law Act 1977 to trespass on the premises of a foreign mission.

Subjects: International Law.

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