1st Edition

The Law of Consular Access A Documentary Guide

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of litigation at the international and domestic levels concerning consular access for foreign nationals charged with a criminal offence. The issue has complicated relations between countries, with the majority of litigation involving the United States, which has adopted a restrictive view of the consular access obligation.

    This book brings together for the first time relevant documentary sources on the law of consular access. The book includes significant excerpts alongside commentary on the documents, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. While presenting information on the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the book presents other sources, including bilateral consular agreements, multilateral treaties, and key court cases from various jurisdictions. Many of these sources are not readily accessible.

    The Law of Consular Access will be of interest to scholars of international law, human rights, and international relations. It will also be of interest to private and government lawyers, as well as diplomats and consuls.

    Part 1: Introduction to Consular Access  1. Overview of Consular Access  2. Role of Consuls in Assisting a National  Part 2: Consular Access Obligations of a Receiving State  3. Situations Requiring Advice about Consular Access  4. Individuals who must be Advised  5. Timing of Consular Access  6. Confidentiality of Communication  7. Automatic Notification under Bilateral Treaties  Part 3: The Rights of a Foreign National  8. Rights Assertable Against the Receiving State  9. Consular Access as a due Process Right  10. Statutor Right to Sending State Protection  11. Non-Statutory Right to Sending State Protection  Part 4: Consular Access in Domestic Law  12. Incorporation into Domestic Law  13. Subsidiary Regulation and Legislation  14. Availability of a Judicial Remedy  15. Domestic Effect of International Decisions  Part 5: Remedies at the Domestic Level  16. Prejudice as a Prerequisite for a Judicial Remedy  17. Suppression of Evidence as a Judicial Remedy  18. Procedural Default as Barring Remedy  19. Consular Access Violation as Grounds for Sentence Reduction or Clemency  20. Monetary Damages for a Foreign National  21. Intervention in Court by a Sending State  22. Civil Suit by a Sending State  Part 6: Remedies at the International Level  23. Diplomatic Protest by a Sending State  24. Jurisdiction in the International Court of Justice  25. Jurisdiction in Inter-American Human Rights Organs  Part 7: An Overview of Consular Access Litigation  26. Proceedings in the International Court of Justice  27. Proceedings in the Inter-American System


    John Quigley is the President's Club Professor of Law at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law, the Ohio State University, USA.

    William J. Aceves is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, USA.

    S. Adele Shank is a criminal law practitioner specializing in the defense of capital cases, and has represented the European Union in its amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, regarding consular access.

    "In a globalised world, in which foreign citizens are increasingly subject to criminal proceedings in other states and are demanding ever greater levels of protection by their national state, this book offers an indispensable and up to date compendium on the law and practice of consular access." Dr Tim Stephens, University of Sydney, Australia

    "In just a few years, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations has gone from being almost entirely unknown to being the subject of complicated and significant litigation around the world.This book describes the developments that have taken place, collects the most important materials (many of which are hard to find), and offers analysis to guide all those attempting to untangle the VCCR." John Cary Sims, Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Sacramento, California, USA