Trade and Globalisation


Diplomacy and the duty of care

30 Jan 2018 - 16:19
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Special issue of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (HJD)

The duty of care is a core function for governments, especially their foreign ministries, and it has become progressively intertwined with politics and diplomacy.

This special issue of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy breaks new ground in exploring the dynamics of the duty of care as a by-product of globalisation. It breaks new ground, offers a conceptual lens for the study of consular assistance by introducing the concept of duty of care, and develops theoretical tools that help us understand the political rationality underlying the duty of care and its practices. It also suggests alternatives for improving international collaboration within the existing legal framework dating back to the early 1960s.

The papers are part of a wider project that explores how practice of the duty of care — understood as a concept in the security realm — affects the nature of diplomacy and the practices of diplomats.


  • Introduction. Diplomacy and the Duty of Care, by Jan Melissen and Maaike Okano-Heijmans
  • Caring and Carers: Diplomatic Personnel and the Duty of Care, by Halvard Leira
  • Parental Child Abduction and the State: Identity, Diplomacy and the Duty of Care, by Kristin Haugevik
  • The Duty of Care for Citizens Abroad: Security and Responsibility in the In Amenas and Fukushima Crises, by Nina Græger and Wrenn Yennie Lindgren
  • Inversion of the ‘Duty of Care’: Diplomacy and the Protection of Citizens Abroad, from Pastoral Care to Neoliberal Governmentality, by Alexei Tsinovoi and Rebecca Adler-Nissen
  • A Consular Code to Supplement the VCCR, by William Crosbie

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (HJD), Volume 13, Number 2, 2018. Twitter: @Hague_Jour_Dipl

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy is a commercial series. This work was supported by the Research Council of Norway under grant number 238066/H20.