Misconceptions of Diplomatic Immunity



Diplomatic immunity has been subject to abuse by many foreign diplomats around the world. For many, diplomatic immunity is like a magic Harry Potter cloak that hides secrets and protects them from harm. But is this legal privilege necessary for the protection of diplomats in today’s modern age or is it an excuse to not pay parking fines?

In this podcast, Talyn Rahman-Figueroa (CEO) talks about how diplomatic immunity has been used and looks into cases how such privilege has been abused for personal gain.

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org


  • The policy of diplomatic immunity was formally agreed upon in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, which was ratified by almost every country in the world, and came into force in April 1964

  • In the past, diplomats have been threatened or wounded abroad, and even attacked by terrorists in their own embassy

  • When further speculating the Vienna Convention, laws within certain articles allow certain diplomatic privileges

  • While immunity doesn’t entitle diplomats to break local laws, in many capitals of the world, diplomats have been abusing privileged status