Checking date: 16/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Diplomatic and consular law
Bachelor in Law (Plan: 397 - Estudio: 206)


Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Public international law Instruments and international cooperation regimes
The subject focuses on the analysis of diplomatic and consular relations in international society, with the aim of introducing students to the basic aspects of diplomatic and consular law, paying special attention to diplomatic functions, diplomatic missions, diplomatic status and consular functions. It is a subject that deepens the understanding of public international law and its relationship with our legal system.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Diplomatic and consular relations law, with reference to the creation and operation of diplomatic missions and statutes and members of the diplomatic mission, consular functions, distinguishing between political functions, functions relating to nationality, assistance functions, administrative functions, private law and the legal functions and finally the statutes of the consular offices and its members.
Learning activities and methodology
An hour and a half of theory class (lecture) will be given, where the fundamental contents indicated in the syllabus of the subject will be explained in an orderly manner. For a proper understanding of the explanations, prior reading of the subject in the reference manual is recommended. In the second session (practical class), also lasting an hour and a half, practical cases and workshops will be held in which students will present and discuss the proposed topics, acquiring the necessary skills to solve the legal problems raised.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • KLEINER, J. :. Diplomatic practice: Between tradition and innovation.. New Jersey, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Chennani, Word Scientific, 2010..
  • SEN B. . A diplomatic handbook of International Law and practice. . 3º Edición, Dordrecht: Nijhoff. 1988
  • VILARIÑO PINTOS, E.. Curso de Derecho Diplomático y Consular. Tecnos. 2022
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • DENZA, E.:. Diplomatic Law: Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,. Oxford New York, Oxford University Press, 3ª edition, 2008..
  • LEE, L.T. & J. QUIGLEY:. Consular Law and Practice,. Oxford New York, Oxford University Press, 3ª edition, 2008..
  • MURTY, B.S.:. The International Law of Diplomacy.. New Haven Press, 1989..
  • NAHLIK, S.:. Development of Diplomatic Law. Selected Problems.. R.C.A.D.I., vol. 222 (1990-III), pp. 187-363..
  • PANCRACIO, J-P.:. Droit et institutions diplomatiques.. Paris, Pedone, 2007..
  • SALMON, J.:. Manuel de Droit Diplomatique.. Bruselas: Bruylant, 1994..
  • TORROBA, J.:. Derecho Consular. 2ª edición, revisada y puesta al día.. Madrid: Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, 1993..
  • ZOUREK, J.:. Le status et les functions des consuls.. Recueil des cours de l¿Academie de Droit International de la Haya, vol. 106 (1962-II), pp. 357-497..
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.