254. Immunity of persons on special missions.

International law does not lay down any clear rules as to the precise extent of the privileges and immunities to which persons on a special mission are entitled. It is, however, acknowledged that such missions do have a public, official character and that the members of such missions should, therefore, be entitled to special treatment1. The English courts have accordingly recognised that a representative of a foreign state on special mission may enjoy personal inviolability and immunity from jurisdiction comparable to that of a diplomatic agent2. Where there is a special agreement governing the terms of a special mission,