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Diplomatic immunity : principles, practices, problems
McClanahan, Grant V.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [1989]

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xvii, 283 pages ; 23 cm
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"Published for the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C."
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JX1672 .M34 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Probably no subject in international law attracts more public attention than the issue of diplomatic immunity. Most people do not understand it, resent it, and have stories to tell about its abuse. With the publication of this relatively short study, even general readers can understand the origins and present state of the law, and the logic behind why it continues to be an important doctrine no state is willing to give up. McClanahan has assembled a mass of information that he discusses in a clear and logical manner. Beginning with the origins of the doctrine, he quickly moves into the present era and concentrates on the Vienna Conventions that form the present basis of state behavior and limitations of the immunities of diplomatic personnel. Although universal in its treatment of diplomatic immunity, the volume gives an abundance of examples drawn from the US experience, which makes it particularly useful to Americans. McClanahan also provides documents and excerpts that will be helpful to those seeking further information. An excellent annotated bibliography. This is an outstanding study of an important topic written in a highly readable style. Useful, for many years to come, to upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers. J. Silverstein Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus