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Diplomatic Law

Expert Legal Services for Diplomatic Missions in Belgium

At S-TEAM , we understand the unique legal challenges faced by diplomatic missions and their members. Our diplomatic desk is dedicated to providing specialized legal assistance in the field of Diplomatic Law and State Immunities. Staffed by experts in the field, we proudly represent a wide array of foreign states, embassies, permanent representations, diplomatic missions to EU and to NATO, offering comprehensive legal solutions tailored to the specific needs of the diplomatic community.

Expertise in Diplomatic Law and State Immunities

Our team is well-versed in every legal aspect of diplomatic activity within Belgium. From the intricate details of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961, to the specificities of the European Convention on State Immunity, our lawyers possess the knowledge and experience to navigate the complex legal landscape that diplomatic missions face. We aim to provide a high quality one-stop service, addressing all legal issues that may arise for diplomatic missions, their diplomats, and their families.

Comprehensive Legal Services for Diplomatic Missions

Our diplomatic desk offers a wide array of services designed to facilitate the smooth operation of diplomatic missions in Belgium. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal Advisory: Offering guidance on the Protocol Guide on Immunities and Privileges as published by the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, ensuring that diplomatic missions and their members enjoy the privileges they are entitled to.
  • Immunity and Tax Privileges: Navigating issues related to immunities and tax privileges, including exemptions from taxes, VAT and customs.
  • Contractual and Litigation Support: Handling the drafting and legal management of contracts for diplomatic missions, along with representing missions in any related litigation. This includes specialized strategies for labor law disputes and representation before labor courts, a primary concern for many diplomatic missions.
  • Payroll and social security: Assistance and legal advice on managing the payroll of local employees and posted staff (exemption from Belgian social security system and voluntary participation)
  • Real Estate and Banking Assistance: Providing support for all real estate transactions and banking relations, ensuring smooth financial and property dealings within Belgium.

In addition to providing legal assistance critical for the operational aspects of diplomatic missions, S-TEAM diplomatic desk extends its expertise to advising foreign states on the legal frameworks essential for making informed foreign policy decisions. This encompasses assistance in avoiding conflicts with international public law through the careful drafting of treaties, Memorandums of Understanding, cooperation agreements, headquarters agreements, etc. and ensuring these documents are in strict compliance with imperative international legal norms (jus cogens) and the state’s existing commitments. This comprehensive approach underscores our commitment to supporting our clients in navigating the intricate landscape of international diplomacy and law.

Tailored Fee Structures
Understanding the varying needs of diplomatic missions, we offer flexible fee arrangements, including all-inclusive annual subscriptions. We also offer other standard fee structures, such as hourly billing or flat-rate fees, depending on the specific needs of each diplomatic mission.

At S-TEAM , our goal is to ensure that diplomatic missions and their members can focus on their important work, secure in the knowledge that their legal affairs are in expert hands.