Trends in Organized Crime

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 343–357 | Cite as

The untouchables: transnational organized crime behind diplomatic privileges and immunities

  • Yuliya G. ZabyelinaEmail author


Since its initiation in 1961, 187 nations have signed the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, thus agreeing to a standard set of principles regulating the diplomatic intercourse. In recent years, cases of offence with the involvement of diplomatic agents have brought diplomatic advantages to sharp criticism. This article is not concerned with violations of administrative rules such as traffic offence. Neither does it is concerned with single occurrences of violence committed by diplomatic agents. The main focus is to investigate various types of abuse of diplomatic immunities and privileges for the purpose of organizing, facilitating and conducting criminal activities that have become recognized as transnational organized crime. The findings of the article shed light to a wider understanding of diplomatic entitlements that may serve as facilitators of transnational organized crime.


Diplomatic immunity Diplomatic privilege Transnational organized crime Drug trafficking Cigarette smuggling Bribery Visa malfeasance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International Relations and European StudiesMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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