The Right to Consular Assistance: Is the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations Self-Executing?
16 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2008 Last revised: 28 Apr 2020
Date Written: December 1, 2000
Recently, the right to consular assistance has gained prominence in the discussion among international lawyers, especially since the La Grand Case has been brought by Germany against the United States and the meanwhile withdrawn Bread Case by Paraguay against the U.S. The question which arises in cases as La Grand and Bread is whether Art. 36 VCCR does confer rights on individuals or only benefits the latter while the legal right is solely with the state the individual in question is a citizen of. In this paper the author discusses the situation prior to the International Court of Justice's decision in La Grand.
Keywords: diplomatic, consular, international, law, diplomatic protection, consular protection, death penalty
JEL Classification: K33
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