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Satow's Diplomatic Practice by Sir Ivor Roberts


Satow's Diplomatic Practice by Sir Ivor Roberts

An indispensable guide for anyone working in or studying the field of diplomacy, this seventh, centenary edition of Satow's Diplomatic Practice provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of all areas of diplomacy and diplomatic practice.


Review from previous edition Satow's Diplomatic Practice has been the diplomat's bible for nearly a century and the publication of the first new edition for thirty years will receive a much deserved welcome. This new edition of Satow is a treasure trove of information, all of it presented in a wonderfully readable form. It will be indispensable for all practitioners of diplomacy. * Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood * Having clarity over the rules of the game, developing experience in separating duty from stupidity, finding the right words when the sword might be the alternative, are all part of the practice of diplomacy at its finest. This book is a treasure for illustrating what that is. * Jeremy Greenstock, The Times Literary Supplement * ...the only book that explains what diplomacy is and how it is organised across the world, with the UK at its extremely interesting account of how diplomacy works and what its machinery does. * Jeremy Greenstock, Diplomat, interviewed by Sophie Roell for * Within its more than 800 pages, the book as you would expect, covers and astoundingly wide range of topics including much new material... The book is erudite, authoritative and a fascinating read - and as such, should attract a readership that extends beyond the diplomatic and legal fraternities. Scholars and researchers too, will appreciate the extensive footnoting and the tables of cases and of legislation. * Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers * The new edition strikes an elegant balance between old and new. Much historical material remains, so that the reader understands the history of diplomacy and the customs, practices and historical incidents which have shaped the modern system... One of the most readable books in the field of international law reaches its centenary in excellent shape - a fitting tribute to Satow's extraordinary career. * Alison Macdonald QC, The Law of Nations * This centenary edition of Satow's Diplomatic Practice, because of the depth of its scholarship and practitioner wisdom, deserves to become a modern classic and a copy should be in every diplomatic mission worldwide. It is not just a reference book full of factual information. It is also written with a blend of wit and anecdote which individual diplomats should have in their personal library to dip into accumulating knowledge and diplomatic skills. * David Owen, Former UK Foreign Secretary * As the law increasingly impacts on all aspects of modern life, so the art of diplomacy requires new expertise: this new edition of Satow builds upon and updates its definitive analysis of the problems of modern diplomacy and brings together other specialist knowledge (including on human rights, public diplomacy, international law and terrorism) all of which is critical both for the diplomat and all those interested in the subject. * Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice * This seventh edition in a famous series, updated with new chapters on international law, human rights and public diplomacy, yet again provides a complete education in the conduct of international relations. Don't treat it as a reference book: it is an absorbing account of the history and modern practice of an absolutely vital profession if world peace is to have a chance. With myths debunked and light cast on dark corners, this valuable revision breathes fresh reality. * Jeremy Greenstock, Former UK Ambassador to the United Nations *

About the Author

Sir Ivor Roberts entered the Diplomatic Service in 1968. From 1989 to 1993 he was Minister in the British Embassy in Madrid. He was appointed Charge d'Affaires and Consul - General in Belgrade in March 1994, and after recognition of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by the United Kingdom, he became Ambassador. During his time in Belgrade he conducted negotiations on behalf of the international mediators (Lord Owen and Carl Bildt) with both the Yugoslav authorities and the Bosnian Serbs. From January 1998 to February 1999 he was on a sabbatical as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, writing and lecturing on his experiences in Yugoslavia. From February 1999 to March 2003 he served as British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and from May 2003 to September 2006 as Ambassador to Italy. He retired from the Diplomatic Service in September 2006 on his election as the President of Trinity College Oxford. He retired from this post in 2017.

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Publication date

1st February 2018


Sir Ivor Roberts

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Oxford University Press


816 pages


Diplomatic law
International organisations & institutions
Politics & government
Human rights



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