Satow’s Diplomatic Practice

Satow’s Diplomatic Practice

Author: Edited by Ivor Roberts
ISBN: 9780198821953
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: 21 March 2018
Price: $59.99

Satow’s Diplomatic Practice

Seventh Edition

Edited by Ivor Roberts

  • Fully updated seventh (centenary) edition of the globally recognized leading authoritative text on diplomatic law and practice
  • Includes increased coverage of important issues in diplomacy, such as the doctrine of humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect (R2P), human rights, public diplomacy, secret diplomacy, secret intelligence, track two (alternative) diplomacy
  • Investigates the role of non-state actors, including NGOs as well as violent non-state actors such as ISIL
  • Examines the impact on diplomacy of the Edward Snowdon and Julian Assange cases
  • Discusses the work of international criminal courts
  • Edited by a former British ambassador to three States and features contributions from internationally recognized experts in diplomatic law, human rights, and diplomatic practice

New to this Edition:

  • The chapters on the history of diplomacy have been expanded to cover modern developments such as the greatly expanded role of multilateral diplomacy.
  • The chapters on international law have been brought up to date, including an examination of latest case studies.
  • The book addresses the greatly expanded number of international organizations, including material on the British EU referendum outcome.
  • The importance of human rights in international relations as well as public diplomacy receive increased attention.
  • The book also includes newly revised and detailed chapters on diplomatic communications, privileges, precedence and immunities, diplomatic missions and consular matters, treaties and conferences, and the workings of international tribunals.
  • The book highlights the impact of international terrorism and other violent non-state actors on the life and work of a diplomat.
  • The volume examines alternative forms of diplomacy, from the work of NGOs to the use of secret envoys, as well as a study of the interaction with intelligence agencies and commercial security firms.


First published in 1917, Satow’s Diplomatic Practice has long been hailed as a classic and authoritative text. An indispensable guide for anyone working in or studying the field of diplomacy, this seventh, centenary edition builds on the extensive revision in the sixth edition. The volume provides an enlarged and updated section on the history of diplomacy, including the exponential growth in multilateral diplomacy, and revises comprehensively the practice of diplomacy and the corpus of diplomatic and international law since the end of the Cold War. It traces the substantial expansion in numbers both of sovereign states and international and regional organisations and features detailed chapters on diplomatic privileges and immunities, diplomatic missions, and consular matters, treaty-making and conferences. The volume also examines alternative forms of diplomacy, from the work of NGOs to the use of secret envoys, as well as a study of the interaction with intelligence agencies and commercial security firms. It also discusses the impact of international terrorism and other violent non-state actors on the life and work of a diplomat. Finally, in recognition of the speed of changes in the field over the last ten years, this seventh edition examines the developments and challenges of modern diplomacy through new chapters on human rights and public/digital diplomacy by experts in their respective fields.

Table of Contents

Book I: Diplomacy in General
1. Diplomacy: A Short History from Pre-Classical Origins to the Fall of the Berlin Wall
2. The Changes in and Challenges of Modern Diplomacy
3. Introduction to International Law
4. The State: its Concept as a Legal Person in International Law
Book II: Diplomatic and Consular Relations
5. Functions of Diplomatic Missions and Consulates
6. Diplomatic Communication
7. Precedence, Credentials and Agrement for Heads of Mission
8. Appointment and Function of Consuls
9. Consular Access and Protection
10. The Diplomatic Mission, the Corps, Breach of Relations and Protection of Interests
11. Terrorism and Diplomacy
Book III: Privileges and Immunities
12. Privileges and Immunities of the State, the Head of State, State officials, and State agencies
13. Privileges and Immunities of Diplomatic Missions
14. Privileges and Immunities of Diplomatic Agents
15. Special Missions
Book IV: Multilateral Diplomacy, Human Rights, and International Organizations
16. Multilateral Diplomacy
17. Human Rights
18. The United Nations-I The Charter and its Operation
19. The United Nations-II Specialized Agencies, Funds and Programmes, Regional Commissions, and Special Bodies
20. International Financial Institutions and Bodies
21. The European Union-I Development, Structure, and Decision-Making
22. The European Union-II External Relations
23. Other International and Regional Organizations: Commonwealth, NATO, Council of Europe, OAS, AU, ASEAN, CIS, Francophonie, Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Gulf Cooperation Council, OSCE
Book V: International Disputes and Courts
24. Prevention and Management of Conflict and Settlement of Disputes
25. International Court of Justice
26. Prosecutions: The International Criminal Court and other Tribunals
Book VI: Alternative (Including Track 2) Diplomacy
27. Public Diplomacy and its Offshoots
28. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Violent Non-State Actors (VNSAs)
29. Secret or Back-Channel Diplomacy, Secret Intelligence, Religious and Other Unconventional Diplomatic Actors
Book VII: Treaties and Treaty-Making
30. International Conferences
31. Treaties and Other International Instruments-I General Definition; Treaty Formalities
32. Treaties and Other International Instruments-II Most common forms: Treaty/Convention/Agreement/Protocol
33. Treaties and Other International Instruments-III Pact/Act/Modus Vivendi/Declaration/Exchange of Notes/Memorandum of Understanding/Final Act
34. Treaties and Other International Instruments-IV Ratification, Accession, Acceptance and Approval, Treaty Succession
35. Treaties and Other International Instruments-V Interpretation, Reservations, Termination; the effects of war on treaties; ius cogens
Book VIII: Envoi
36. Advice to Diplomats
Appendix I: The Language of Diplomacy
Appendix II: Conferences
Paris Peace Conference, 1946
Japanese Peace Conference, 1951
Geneva Conference, 1954
International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, 1992

Author Information

Ivor Roberts, Former British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Republic of Ireland, and Italy

Sir Ivor Roberts entered the Diplomatic Service in 1968. From 1989 to 1993 he was Minister in the British Embassy in Madrid. He was appointed Charge d’Affaires and Consul – General in Belgrade in March 1994, and after recognition of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by the United Kingdom, he became Ambassador. During his time in Belgrade he conducted negotiations on behalf of the international mediators (Lord Owen and Carl Bildt) with both the Yugoslav authorities and the Bosnian Serbs. From January 1998 to February 1999 he was on a sabbatical as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, writing and lecturing on his experiences in Yugoslavia. From February 1999 to March 2003 he served as British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and from May 2003 to September 2006 as Ambassador to Italy. He retired from the Diplomatic Service in September 2006 on his election as the President of Trinity College Oxford. He retired from this post in 2017.


(Sir) Ivor Roberts KCMG: (editor) former British Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Ireland, and Italy.

David Bentley CB: Former Legal Counsellor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deputy Legal Adviser, Home Office.

(Sir) Frank Berman KCMG, QC: Visiting Professor of International Law in the University of Oxford, Barrister and international arbitrator, former Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice, former Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Paul Berman: Director, Legal Service, Council of the European Union; formerly Director, Cabinet Office European Law Division; Legal Counsellor, Foreign & Commonwealth Office; and Legal Counsellor, UK Permanent Representation to the European Union.

Amal Clooney: Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers and Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School.
Eileen Denza CMG: formerly Legal Counsellor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Counsel to the EC Committee, House of Lords, and Visiting Professor, University College, London.

Tom Fletcher CMG: Visiting Professor of International Relations, New York University; former British Ambassador to Lebanon and Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown and Cameron.

Joanne Foakes: Associate Fellow, Chatham House and formerly a Legal Counsellor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

(Lady) Hazel Fox, CMG, QC: Barrister, formerly Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

(Sir) Emyr Jones Parry GCMG: Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, former British Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council and to the United Nations, New York.

Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG: Distinguished Fellow, Chatham House, formerly Visiting Professor, University College London, formerly a Deputy Legal Adviser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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