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date: 11 December 2019

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This chapter contends that the 1961 Vienna Convention highlights the intellectual harvest of millennia of troubled human intercourse, and that it suitably embodies the diplomatic legacy of the Westphalian Era and of half a millennium of State practice. In its restraint and tentative guidance, it is a beacon of wisdom. However, many other forms of diplomacy await codification. As incidents over the past fifty years suggest, diplomacy itself is losing some of its aura of immunity. The symbolism of embassies is evaporating, the taboo being broken. There is ample ground for concern about the future of the discipline.

Keywords: 1961 Vienna Convention, Westphalian Era, embassies, diplomacy law

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