Privileges & Immunities

It is possible that representatives of foreign countries who are stationed in the United States enjoy a certain amount of immunity from lawsuits. This immunity may extend to their family members, and any time a potential client asserts that they have “diplomatic immunity,” their situation requires another layer of analysis. Different diplomats and dignitaries may enjoy different levels of immunity, and some clients may misunderstand the immunity available to them. Immunity also has a geographic scope, and may not negate a lawsuit brought in the diplomat’s home country. It benefits the lawyer and client to have a robust understanding of the client (or their spouse’s) precise immunity, if any, so that a comprehensive strategy can be exacted at the first stages of the case.