Diplomatic privileges and immunities for IGO-like entities : a step towards a new diplomatic law ?
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International organizations law review, Vol. 17, issue 2, June 2020, p. 350-378
Contemporary international relations have resulted not only in the establishment of intergovernmental organizations (‘igos’), but also in the emergence of certain igo-like entities which are entering into ‘diplomatic-like’ relations with states, characterised by privileges and immunities similar to those provided under classic diplomatic law. This paper analyses such diplomatic-like relations between states and a number of these igo-like entities primarily in relation to so-called ‘trans-governmental organizations’ (‘tgos)’. In addition, organizations composed of formally non-state entities, but with an undoubtedly public purpose, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (‘icrc’) or the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (‘ifrc’), as well as other so-called ‘advanced’ non-governmental organizations (‘ngos’), will also be discussed due to their participation in legally regulated international, diplomatic-like relations with states and igos.