It has emerged that a Libyan man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher, who was fatally shot 31 years ago during a protest at the Libyan embassy in London.
Professor Craig Barker, Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University (LSBU), is an expert in Diplomatic immunity and has shared his views on the arrest.
“Diplomatic immunity should not be used as a ‘get out of jail free card” states LSBU law academic
“The case raised significant questions about the benefits and problems of diplomatic immunity. In terms of the problems, diplomatic immunity is often equated with impunity and the freedom to live above the law. However a more detailed analysis of the law reveals that diplomatic immunity is a necessary element of international relations and, if used properly, is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card.”
Professor Craig Barker, Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences, is an expert in diplomatic immunity and has taught and written on a diverse range of topics including immunities from jurisdiction, terrorism, use of force by States, international criminal law and international commercial law.