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The European Union and Beyond

The Untouchables: Transnational Organised Crime behind Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities

International Relations
Organised Crime
Yuliya Zabyelina
University of Edinburgh
Yuliya Zabyelina
University of Edinburgh

Since its initiation in 1961, 187 nations have signed the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, thus agreeing to a standard set of principles regulating the diplomatic intercourse. In recent years, cases of offense with the involvement of diplomatic agents have brought diplomatic advantages to sharp criticism. This paper is not concerned with violations of administrative rules such as traffic offense. Neither does it is concerned with single occurrences of violence committed by diplomatic agents. The main focus is to investigate various types of abuse of diplomatic immunities and privileges for the purpose of organizing, facilitating, and/or conducting criminal activities that have become recognized as transnational organized crime. The findings of the article shed light to a wider understanding of diplomatic entitlements that may serve as facilitators of transnational organized crime.
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