Does Julian Assange Illustrate a Gap in Law that should be Codified?
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This article dissects the legality and purpose of diplomatic asylum, an intrinsically controversial area of international law. It becomes evident that diplomatic asylum residing in a grey area of international law suits many states. It provides an opportunity to reject diplomatic asylum as illegal when it suits a state but grant diplomatic asylum when an opportune moment arises. I conclude that it would be appropriate to introduce a form of diplomatic asylum internationally. Diplomatic asylum appears as a legal concept which persists in providing politically persecuted individuals protection regardless of the criticism grants of diplomatic asylum receive. Therefore Julian Assange illustrates a gap in international law should be codified in a range of regional treaties allowing for cultural and political difference to be accounted for.
Tye, H. (2016) 'Does Julian Assange Illustrate a Gap in Law that should be Codified?', Plymouth Law and Criminal Justice Review, 8, pp. 218-238. Available at: https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/9031
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