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  • G. R. Berridge


‘Welcome to the Consulate in Lille’, says the website of the British embassy at Paris beneath the heading ‘Consulate-General in Lille’, thereby neatly making the point that although, technically, a consulate is only one kind of consular post, in common usage it is the term used to describe them all. Only pedants, protocol departments and lexicologists wince at this and hasten to point out that consulates are distinct because there are vice-consulates on which they might look down, as well as consulates-general to which they must look up. This chapter therefore discusses all of them — as, indeed, also the consular sections of embassies, even though international law is unclear as to whether the latter should be treated as consulates.


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