Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Diplomacy Definition:

Peaceful representations between states.

Related Terms: Diplomat

Peaceful, courteous, formal or political representations or negotiations between states on their relations generally or in regards to specific issues as may from time to time arise.

Also referred to as "diplomatic relations".

There is a mostly unwritten but generic code of diplomacy which permeates international organization, such as the United Nations, ranging from the establishments of protected offices for states within the capital city of another (called an embassy), to a set pattern of dispute resolution.

The American encyclopedia of law, CJS describes diplomacy as follows although the word nation should be replaced with the word state:

"Diplomacy: The science which treats of the relations and interests of nations with nations; also negotiations and intercourse between nations through their representatives; and also the rules, customs and privileges of represntatives at foreign courts."

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