Definition of diplomatic immunity in US English:

diplomatic immunity


  • The privilege of exemption from certain laws and taxes granted to diplomats by the country in which they are working.

    • ‘Many of the countries contested they did not have to pay because of international laws that grant diplomatic immunity.’
    • ‘Will he demand that the U.S. give up their claim of diplomatic immunity for the men, which they have used as the major reason why they are not returning them?’
    • ‘It added that the decision was taken as a result of ‘the practices of the American and British occupation forces against diplomatic missions in Baghdad and the announcement that their diplomatic immunity had lapsed’.’
    • ‘The point of diplomatic immunity is expediency, not privilege.’
    • ‘They claimed diplomatic immunity and were not charged with any crime.’
    • ‘However, Undersecretary of State Thomas R. Pickering overruled the Justice Department action, declaring that Anderson had a G - 2 visa which gave him diplomatic immunity.’
    • ‘As a matter of international law, the US claim is more than a little dubious, since diplomatic immunity does not apply automatically to all employees and agents of a foreign government.’
    • ‘He said the two men, stopped by a transit officer, claimed diplomatic immunity and were ultimately not charged with any wrongdoing.’
    • ‘When a lawsuit was brought against the school administration, the French embassy tried to shield them by claiming diplomatic immunity.’
    • ‘Surely we as a country cannot be in a position whereby, based on a vote of a year or so ago, we would now deny the rights and privileges of diplomatic immunity to the court's judges, staff, and so forth.’
    • ‘Nor did the top American officials reiterate the claim, made by US military spokesmen in the first hours of the incident, that the spy plane was sovereign territory and its personnel entitled to diplomatic immunity.’
    • ‘The Thai government, however, has claimed diplomatic immunity to protect its property from Dutch law, Krit said.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Foreign Relations expressed its regret at having tried to arrest an international employee with diplomatic immunity and renewed the official visa in my passport.’
    • ‘Ostensibly they are diplomats and thus enjoy diplomatic immunity from prosecution in the countries to which they are accredited.’
    • ‘Stephanie and she both independently identified their attackers, but then discovered that they were the sons of diplomats and were protected from criminal prosecution under a claim of diplomatic immunity!’
    • ‘I think Paul Volcker is making a big mistake when he asserts a claim of diplomatic immunity for two investigators who resigned on principle.’
    • ‘The idea is taken from the UN Convention granting diplomatic immunity to politicians attending UN conferences.’
    • ‘This materialised in a claim for diplomatic immunity under article 33 of the Vienna Convention of 1961 in the case undertaken by me.’
    • ‘Past lawsuits, when not settled outside of court, have been dismissed on the basis of diplomatic immunity.’
    • ‘It is of reasonably complex drafting, and uses the vehicle of this bill, by virtue of its generalised heading, to provide diplomatic immunity to representatives of the European Community.’


diplomatic immunity

/ˈˌdɪpləˈmædɪk ɪˈmjunədi//ˈˌdipləˈmadik iˈmyo͞onədē/