This Note argues that article 27 [of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations] provides for the absolute inviolability of the diplomatic bag. Part I discusses the history of the Vienna Convention and its provisions concerning the diplomatic bag. Part II sets forth instances of abuse of the diplomatic bag, proposed remedies, and the arguments in favor of such remedies. Part III suggests that the proper construction of article 27 of the Vienna Convention is that the diplomatic bag is absolutely inviolable and, thus, immune from nonintrusive examinations. This Note concludes that the status of the bag should be reconsidered in order to enable governments to curb its abuses.
Christine M. Nelson,
"Opening" Pandora's Box: The Status of the Diplomatic Bag in International Relations,
12 Fordham Int'l L.J. 494
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