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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

11/05/2011

Diplomatic Relations' with Insurrectional Movements and Secessionist Entities

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The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) rests on the basic premise that diplomatic relations are conducted between sovereign and independent States represented by their governments. Civil war-like situations in Libya and the creation of secessionist entities in Northern Cyprus, Abkhazia, South Ossetia or Somaliland have given rise to the question to what extent States can conduct ‘diplomatic relations’ with the local de facto authorities exercising effective control over part of a State’s territory but not recognized internationally as a new State or the government of an existing State. The paper examines the relationship between diplomatic or quasi-diplomatic relations and recognition of new States and governments in international law. It shows how States have used such relations to influence the political developments in a country and mediate in the conflict between the parties. Although not directly governed by the VCDR such quasi-diplomatic relations are closely modelled on formal diplomatic relations conducted between States within the framework of the VCDR which provides guidance on matters such as privileges and immunities of diplomatic envoys sent to local de facto authorities.

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