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A trial should be held on the “virtually insoluble dilemma” between diplomatic immunity and local authorities’ child protection duties, Mr Justice Mostyn has ruled in the High Court Family Division.

In A Local Authority v AG (No. 2) [2020] EWHC 1346 (Fam) the judge said that despite the action having become academic - as the diplomat concerned has returned to his own country - the unnamed local authority involved had made an application for a declaration that the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 is incompatible with (at least) article 3 of the 1950 European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

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