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Status vis-à-vis the Host State of a Diplomatic Envoy to the United Nations (Commonwealth of Dominica v. Switzerland)

Overview of the case

On 26 April 2006, the Commonwealth of Dominica filed an Application instituting proceedings against Switzerland concerning alleged violations by the latter of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, as well of other international instruments and rules, with respect to a diplomatic envoy of Dominica to the United Nations in Geneva.

In its Application, Dominica stated that the diplomat in question, Mr. Roman Lakschin, had been accredited to the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies and to the World Trade Organization (WTO) since March 1996 as a member of the Permanent Mission of Dominica to the United Nations in Geneva (first as Counsellor, later as Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative with the rank of Ambassador). Dominica further emphasized that this accreditation was “effected to the organizations and not to Switzerland”, but that, nevertheless, Switzerland had “claimed the right to withdraw the accreditation” of the said envoy, “stating that [he] is a ‘businessman’ and [that] as such he would have no right to be a diplomat”.

By letter of 15 May 2006, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica informed the Court that his Government “did not wish to go on with the proceedings instituted against Switzerland” and requested the Court to make an Order “officially recording [their] unconditional discontinuance” and “directing the removal of the case from the General List”. By letter of 24 May 2006, the Swiss Ambassador in The Hague advised the Court that he had informed the competent Swiss authorities of the discontinuance as thus notified. Accordingly, on 9 June 2006, the Court made an Order in which, after noting that the Government of the Swiss Confederation had not taken any step in the proceedings in the case, it recorded the discontinuance of the proceedings by the Commonwealth of Dominica and ordered that the case be removed from the List.

This overview is provided for information only and in no way involves the responsibility of the Court.

Institution of proceedings


Order of 9 June 2006

Removal from List
Procedure(s): Discontinuance
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Press release 2006/16

26 April 2006
Dominica brings a case against Switzerland to the Court in a dispute concerning alleged violations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and other international instruments and rules with respect to a diplomatic envoy of Dominica to the United Nations in Geneva
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Press release 2006/23

12 June 2006
Case concerning the Status vis-à-vis the Host State of a Diplomatic Envoy to the United Nations (Dominica v. Switzerland) - Case removed from the Court's List at the request of Dominica
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