Diplomatic/Sovereign Immunity in Employment Cases

Until recent years, the position with respect to claims of employees by diplomatic agents/ missions in Ireland was fairly clear; in most cases where it could be shown that an employee’s role touched upon the sovereign function of the state in question, the diplomatic agent/ mission would be able to rely on diplomatic immunity or sovereign immunity in order to avoid employment claims brought against it. More recently, the scope of protection afforded by diplomatic/ sovereign immunity has been eroded by judgments from Europe which have been reflected in our domestic tribunals.

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