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Open Access Caring and Carers: Diplomatic Personnel and the Duty of Care

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Caring and Carers: Diplomatic Personnel and the Duty of Care

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Affiliations: 1: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) N-0033 OsloNorway


This article deals with the duty of care that states hold in relation to their citizens abroad — more specifically, the double role of diplomatic personnel, as both providers and recipients of care. The focus of discussion is states’ duty of care for diplomatic personnel, raising questions of how this care can be balanced with the duty of care for citizens and how far this duty stretches. The article first emphasizes the threats, before focusing on the means of protection: evacuation; physical structures; and psychological care. A tension remains, for as states fulfil their duty of care towards personnel through increasing security, they might at the same time reduce their personnel’s capacity to provide care for citizens. One solution for this tension — outsourcing and local personnel — tests the limits of care.


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