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This Day in International Law: March 14th



On March 14 1975, representatives of some eighty-one States along with ten intergovernmental organizations and agencies gathered in Vienna and opened the Vienna Convention on the Representation of States in their Relations with International Organizations of a Universal Character . Their intention was to create a uniform set of standards governing the diplomatic privileges and immunities of representatives of international organizations to states and state representatives to international organizations. The Convention to which 41 states became a party, however, failed to enter into force. Hence leaving the matter to be resolved through a myriad of complex international and domestic rules. While with its own applicable conventions, the UN remains an exception to this ambiguity, due to this failed attempt many international organizations still perform in a complex legal framework primarily bound to their host states despite fulfilling neutral diplomatic functions up until today.

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