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Diplomacy and International Law in Globalized Relations


  • Comprehensive understanding of the widening scope of public as well as private diplomacy and its normative framework

  • Practitioner’s inside view of diplomacy combined with interdisciplinary academic analysis

  • Recommended by Prof. Jan Melissen, Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael" and Prof. Thomas Risse, Free University Berlin/Harvard University


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Germany

  3. Essentials of modern diplomacy

  4. Transformation of globalized relations and its impact on diplomacy

  5. Towards a diplomatic corporate identity?

  6. Globalized relations and the law

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 139-147

About this book


Diplomacy is transforming and expanding its role as the method of interstate relations to a general instrument of communication among globalized societies. Adapting to globalization the practice of diplomacy is shared by non-state participants, thus becoming privatized and popularized.

With the strife for common values, the finality of international interactions moves beyond national interest towards communitarianism. International law governing foreign relations can be strengthened through judicial review by national courts.

Working on the interface of diplomacy and academia, this practitioner’s perspective combines an insider view into innovation and change of the diplomatic process with a concise interdisciplinary academic analysis.

"The art of diplomacy has thoroughly changed in the age of globalization. Foreign policy is no longer the domain of relations among states, but is practiced by international organizations, transnational companies, and non-governmental organizations alike. This book explores the changing role of diplomacy in a globalizing world. It serves as an eye opener for anybody interested in the practice of international negotiations, written by one of the most experienced senior diplomats of the German foreign service."

Professor Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin

"Ambassador Bolewski's book is a wide-ranging and highly accessible overview, informed by the diplomatic studies literature and many years of experience as a diplomat. His analysis is proof of the fact that practitioners can make a disctinctive contribution to this emerging field, and that the author has a keen eye for new developments in diplomatic practice."

Professor Jan Melissen, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Antwerp University, and Co-Editor of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy


Communitarianism Diplomacy Europe Foreign Affairs International Law Judicial Review Transformation internationalization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Foreign Service AcademyGerman Foreign OfficeBerlinGermany

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