cover image: CONSULAR ASSISTANCE IN DOMESTIC LEGAL FRAMEWORKS - Research Briefing April 2024



7 May 2024

The strongest model would: ● offer (both to State nationals affected and to State officials) more certainty on the scope of consular assistance as a positive measure to ensure the protection of the rights of the national abroad (including their fundamental human rights); and ● afford the national an avenue to either ensure compliance with a right to consular assistance or obtain redress through th. [...] The first is the Citizens Consular Assistance Regulations in Europe Project 2010.4 This project delivered a comprehensive report aimed at establishing the legal regulation of consular assistance in the then 27 member States of the European Union.5 The second report is a comparative study from 2019 of eight nations entitled ‘Consular Services to Citizens Abroad’.6 It was commissioned by the Standin. [...] Nonetheless, like the earlier reports it does not attempt to provide an exhaustive overview of the legal status of consular assistance across the globe, or the quality or effectiveness of the assistance that is provided by the different States. [...] However, there are examples where a ‘right’ to consular assistance is restricted by, for example, the circumstances on the ground, the behaviour of the national, the laws of the host State and the safety of consular officers. [...] (2) The diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania abroad have the obligation to provide support and assistance, under the law, with the support of competent institutions in the country, Romanian citizens in difficulty or who request aid in order to return to the country, as well as to take all necessary steps to inform Romanian citizens of the occurrence of situations likely to endanger.


Alejandra Vicente

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