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09 December 2014

CECS hosts lecture on Challenges to Modern Diplomatic Law

December 2014 saw the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law host a lecture by Dr. Paul Behrens from the University of Edinburgh on “Challenges to Modern Diplomatic Law.” The event, organised and moderated by Graham Butler, a PhD Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, was attended by a number of diplomats based in various Embassies and Consulates in Copenhagen, as well as a range of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Udenrigsministeriet) and other Nordic foreign ministries, as well as academics and students from the University of Copenhagen.

In his speech, Dr. Behrens sought to address some of the discrepancies between international law and diplomatic office, as well as looking at some of the issues associated with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations that is fifty years in force this year, before looking to some possible solutions for the challenges that diplomats face today.

Dr. Paul Behren, who teaches Diplomatic Law at the University of Edinburgh, availed of the opportunity at his lecture to outline some of his initial thoughts that will form part of two forthcoming publications; a book in 2015 on Diplomatic Interference, as well as an edited volume on Diplomatic Law generally in 2016, that will contain a chapter from Graham Butler on the European Union’s relationship with Diplomatic Law.

For more information on Diplomatic Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, contact Graham Butler (graham.butler@jur.ku.dk).