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The United Kingdom and the negotiation of the 1969 New York Convention on Special Missions

Young, John W.

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John W. Young john.young@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

During 1968-69, members of the United Nations, meeting in the Legal Committee of the General Assembly, negotiated a Convention on Special Missions, sometimes known as the New York Convention, setting out the privileges and immunities of ad hoc embassies between states. The negotiation was part of a process through which the UN sought to clarify the status and rights of official representatives, so that diplomacy could function with security and certainty. This article looks at the role of one leading power, the United Kingdom, in the talks. It explores how British interests were defined, the tactics used to secure them and how London came to terms with pressure from other states to redefine its approach. The focus is on the overall political thrust of the British negotiating position, as formulated mainly by the Foreign Office, rather than the detailed talks on such thorny issues as tax avoidance and diplomatic property. The articles shows that, while London was keen to see a codification of diplomatic law, Cold War considerations made it less than enthusiastic about an upsurge in the number of special missions that the New York Convention might encourage.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 10, 2014
Journal International History Review
Print ISSN 0707-5332
Electronic ISSN 0707-5332
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 1
Institution Citation Young, J. W. (2014). The United Kingdom and the negotiation of the 1969 New York Convention on Special Missions. International History Review, 36(1), doi:10.1080/07075332.2013.820777
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/07075332.2013.820777
Keywords Britain, United Nations, diplomacy, special missions, Cold War
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07075332.2013.820777
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in International History Review on 10/01/2014. The definitive version is available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/07075332.2013.820777

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