The diplomatic disputes between the Holy See and the Irish State 2009-2012: A legal analysis
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The diplomatic dispute that erupted between Ireland and the Holy See concerning the reports of Commissions of Investigation into child abuse in the dioceses of Cloyne1 and Dublin2 provoked critical reflection on a traditionally privileged bilateral relationship. It should also be viewed as having made a highly significant contribution to broader debates concerning the Holy See’s status under international law. The Holy See’s uniquely opaque and sui generis status contributed to the unprecedented tension between it and the Irish State during the diplomatic controversies.
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