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Book Presentation – Paul Behrens, Diplomatic Interference and the Law (Hart...
Tue 16 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
In this brief presentation, Dr Paul Behrens (University of Edinburgh) will talk about one of the leading problems in current diplomatic relations, which is also the topic of his new book: diplomatic (and consular) interference in the internal affairs of the receiving State. In the past, accusations of interference have been triggered by a range of activities: when diplomats and consuls criticised conditions in the receiving State, when they lobbied the government, supported the opposition, used threats or money to pursue their aims or granted asylum on mission premises. But very often, they have good reasons to act as they do: diplomatic and consular functions cannot be fulfilled without some involvement in matters in the receiving State. Human rights too, often form a basis for conduct which the host government understands as meddling in its own affairs.
In his talk, which takes place at the historic headquarters of Bloomsbury Publishing in central London, Dr Behrens will introduce some of the areas which have proven particularly sensitive to host governments in this regard. He will also reflect on grounds which diplomatic agents, consular officers and sending States may be able to invoke in defence of such activities and on ways out of the dilemma which they are facing on a regular basis.
Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be an opportunity for discussion after the presentation. Copies of Diplomatic Interference and the Law will be available and can be purchased at a discounted price on the day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Paul Behrens is Reader (Associate Professor) in International Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked in the past at the University of Leicester, is a member of the Surrey International Law Centre and the Scottish Centre for International Law, Associate of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and member of the Society of Legal Scholars.
Dr Behrens' particular research interests lie in the fields of diplomatic and consular law and international criminal law. He is author of Diplomatic Interference and the Law (Hart Publishing 2016), co-editor of the books Diplomatic Law in a New Millennium (OUP 2017), The Criminal Law of Genocide (Ashgate 2007) and Elements of Genocide (Routledge 2012) and has written numerous articles in these fields. At Edinburgh, he teaches the LLM courses on diplomatic and consular law and on international criminal law. Dr Behrens has been visiting lecturer and researcher at the universities of Stockholm, Uppsala, Copenhagen, the Christian-Albrechts-University at Kiel and the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budpaest. Dr Behrens reguarly contributes to newspapers (including The Guardian, Scotsman, Süddeutsche Zeitung) on issues of constitutional and international law and has given radio and television interviews on these topics.