September 16, 2019
 In 2022-Limits of Diplomatic Immunity

Country: France
Delegate Name: Luci Perez-Simons

Diplomatic immunity is a real issue that needs to be addressed and solved, preferably in a way that makes everyone more equal in a courtroom. Diplomatic immunity is the favoring of diplomats in a legal situation, making them “immune” to most punishment for crimes. This can be harmful as it allows diplomats to be less consistent with the law. Diplomatic immunity happens in most, if not all, countries in the world.
In France, diplomatic immunity fluctuates but has been more positive in recent years. Before 1929, diplomatic immunity was much more common, but after this year, it became less frequent, and France has adopted jurisdictional immunity, meaning that the state is more protected, but there are several loopholes to this law. Now, diplomats are not as hidden for crimes, but this constantly fluctuates.
So, how can this committee solve the issue? The best way to do so is by letting some immunity be possible. While equality is the best solution, previous resolutions, and issues passed in former sessions grants countries the right to have immunity in certain situations. While this is still valid reasoning, we can still make this a bit more specific. How can we do so? There should be requirements or something similar for diplomatic immunity. Though there are not a bunch of ways to particularly regulate this, there are ways that the committee can work this. It’s hard to completely ban diplomatic immunity, especially when there are many ways to hide it, but there can be an updated term to previous resolutions.
So, France believes that the best way to overcome this issue is by updating the terms to which diplomatic immunity plays. It cannot be completely banned/abolished, but there can most certainly be more rules that countries must follow when participating in this. Equality must be somewhat followed through in court, especially over simple cases when it does not at all deal with the country’s policies. If there were just a few more applied rules, this issue could be much easier to figure out. So, countries that believe in the same opinion should rise and join with France to solve this issue as best as we possibly can.

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