Law and Criminology Guest Speaker Programme: Dr Diana Cucos

2nd Mar 2011, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Edge Hill University

‘Diplomatic Protection of Citizens Abroad after the Codification Process’

A series of thought-provoking lectures by leading law academics and commentators are taking place at Edge Hill University in Spring 2011 as part of the Department of Law and Criminology’s Guest Speaker Programme.

Papers will cover a range of subjects, including the Lisbon Treaty and National Parliaments, European Union Citizenship, justice and security, labour law and the professional football player, and terrorism and identity.

The event on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 is titled ‘Diplomatic Protection of Citizens Abroad after the Codification Process’ and is presented by Dr Diana Cucos, Academy of Sciences of Moldova.

Diplomatic protection is one of the most controversial subjects in international law. In 1996, the International Law Commission identified the topic of “Diplomatic protection” as one of three topics appropriate for codification and progressive development. The customary law approach to diplomatic protection formed the basis for the work of the Commission, though it took into consideration the development of international law in increasing recognition and protection of the rights of individuals.

Paying attention to new elements brought by codification, the paper will analyse the following issues: the right to diplomatic protection, the rule of nationality, diplomatic protection in case of dual nationality, the rule of exhaustion of local remedies and exceptions to the rule, and the doctrine of “clean hands”.

Dr. Diana Cucos is a senior researcher at the Institute of History, State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova and an associate professor (International Law) at the Moldova University of European Studies. Her areas of interest include public international law, international protection of human rights, and human rights protection of migrants and members of their families.

This free talk takes place from 2pm-3pm in Room B003 in the Business and Law building at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

For further information about the Law and Criminology Guest Speaker programme, please contact Professor Richard Parrish by calling 01695 657609 or emailing