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Diplomatic Immunity…Revoked!



This chapter describes instances in which states revoked diplomatic immunity or stretched it to cover some strange circumstances. The use and abuse of diplomatic immunity might speak to larger issues regarding power. This chapter is awash in hypocrisy—powerful states applying different standards to themselves and others.


Diplomatic Immunity USAUnited States Chinese Police Edward SnowdenSnowden Makharadze 
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References and Suggested Readings

  1. Associated Press. “Ex-Diplomat Gets 7 Years for Death of Teen in Crash,” December 20, 1997.
  2. Boudreaux, Richard. “The Surrender of Noriega,” Los Angeles Times, January 4, 1990.
  3. Burgess, Lisa. “VanGoethem Cleared of Major Charges in Romanian’s Death,” Stars and Stripes, February 1, 2006.
  4. Charlton, Angela, and Andres Gutierrez. “Bolivia vs. Europe Over Snowden-Linked Plane Delay,” Associated Press, July 3, 2013.
  5. Hunt, Katie. “Wang Lijun: Chinese Cop at the Heart of Bo Xilai Scandal,” CNN, August 19, 2013.
  6. Perez, Evan, et al. “Sources: US Prepares Charges to Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange,” CNN, April 21, 2017.
  7. Siollun, Max. “Umaru Dikko, the Man Who Was Nearly Spirited Away in a Diplomatic Bag,” The Independent, August 19, 2012.
  8. Thomson, Iain. “Edward Snowden’s 40 Days in a Russian Airport—By the Woman Who Helped Him Escape,” The Register, September 12, 2016.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Human SciencesOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan

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