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Innovation in Diplomacy conference Richard Werly

Innovation in Diplomacy conference Richard Werly

Mr Anders Norsker, ITU (Remote participation at International Telecommunications Union), Mr Richard Boly, Director of eDiplomacy of the US State Department


Dr Aldo Mattucci, Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, Prof. Biljana Scott

Dr Aldo Mattucci, Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, Prof. Biljana Scott

[Update] The webinar recording and digest are available here.

Following the recent ruling of a US federal appeals court that struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules - determining that the FCC does not have the power to require Internet service providers ISPs) to treat all traffic equally - the FCC is now being encouraged to re-label broadband...

This is the second blog post in a series looking at diplomatic law, privileges and immunities. The blogs are written by Diplo lecturer Alan Franklin in follow-up to his 20 May webinar. In case you missed it, Part one looked at breaches of the VCCR and VCDR in relation to interception of communitcation.

Is the protection afforded by the VCDR and the VCCR intended to be absolute, or subject to qualifications and...

[Update] The webinar recording and digest are available here.

Regional cooperation is strong among SIDS, the group of 52 small island developing states spanning thousands of miles across the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific, home to around 60 million citizens. On the international level, however, their voices remain largely unheard.


We invite you to continue our walk along timeline of Evolution in technology and diplomacy. Our next stop is Renaissance diplomacy and the impact of the invention of the printing press on diplomacy in the Reformation period. 

Renaissance diplomacy developed between...

Diplo lecturer Alan Franklin's webinar on 20 May stimulated intensive discussion about whether diplomatic law actually is complied with (the conventional viewpoint) or whether it is 'honoured in the breach' (the more realistic viewpoint).

The main topics of discussion were:

  • The 'Snowden revelations' that the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) have been breached regularly by the USA in its monitoring of communications from various...

Until recently, the conventional wisdom was that the Vienna Conventions regarding diplomats and consular officers were complied with by states, and provided good protection to diplomatic and consular officers.  

With the Snowden revelations, we now have confirmation that communications from embassies and consulates to headquarters are monitored consistently, contrary to the Conventions. While many suspected that this was the reality, the Snowden revelations confirmed the truth of this suspicion.

While the Conventions are treaties of international law, and therefore...

With regard to diplomatic practice, Byzantium took the first step towards establishing an apparatus for managing foreign relations, some sort of early Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Without the power and the control of the old Roman Empire, Byzantium had to revert to...