An Indian Diplomat's Arrest And The Role Of Diplomatic Immunity

Guest Host:

Christina Bellantoni
An Indian Diplomat's Arrest And The Role Of Diplomatic Immunity

The arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York triggered a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and India. We explore the legal foundation of diplomatic immunity and understand why it can open the door for abuse.

The arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York triggered a diplomatic rift between the United States and India. American officials arrested the diplomat after finding she had been paying her domestic help close to $3 per hour. The case has caused an uproar among Indian government officials because they say it violates terms of diplomatic immunity in international law. We explore the legal foundation of diplomatic immunity and understand why it can open the door for abuse.

Guests

John Bellinger III

Partner and head of the international law practice, Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC; adjunct senior fellow in international and national security law, Council on Foreign Relations; formerly legal adviser (General Counsel), Department of State (2005-2009).

Steven Watt

Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program

Guy Taylor

reporter, Washington Times

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