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Response to MADem (Reply #36)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:13 PM

37. Under modern international law, embassy space is still considered territory of the host country,

except that certain persons there may enjoy certain immunities from prosecution by the host country (unless there is agreement from the guest country), and the embassy itself is traditionally regarded as inviolate (again, unless there is agreement from the guest country). But the same international instruments that ensure (say) the immunities of the ambassador and his family, and that require the embassy itself to be respected, further make clear that the laws of the host country continue to apply within the embassy itself, and to the ambassador and embassy staff, and must be respected. This fact may be useful to the host country, if (say) an embassy is used for activities that are illegal in the host country: when declaring embassy staff persona non grata and demanding their removal for illegal activities, the host country may point to both international treaties and host country law and need not engage in pointless discussion about whether the activities would have been legal in the country whose embassy this is

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