The Untouchables: Transnational Organized Crime behind Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities

Yuliya Zabyelina

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Since its initiation in 1961, 187 nations have signed the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, thus agreeing to a standard set of principles regulating the diplomatic intercourse. In recent years, cases of offence with the involvement of diplomatic agents have brought diplomatic advantages to sharp criticism. This article is not concerned with violations of administrative rules such as traffic offence. Neither does it is concerned with single occurrences of violence committed by diplomatic agents. The main focus is to investigate various types of abuse of diplomatic immunities and privileges for the purpose of organizing, facilitating, and/or conducting criminal activities that have become recognized as transnational organized crime. The findings of the article shed light to a wider understanding of diplomatic entitlements that may serve as facilitators of transnational organized crime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-57
JournalTrends in Organized Crime
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Diplomatic immunity
  • Diplomatic privilege
  • Transnational organized crime
  • Drug trafficking
  • Cigarette smuggling
  • Bribery
  • Visa malfeasance


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