Sir Ivor Roberts, reflects on the longevity of ‘Satow’s Diplomatic Practice’ (now in its centenary edition), and why it has continued to be an essential text for the past one hundred years.

Sir Ivor explains how the core elements of diplomacy remain unchanged, but the means of transmitting the message has and will continue to evolve. Exploring new areas of diplomacy such as digital diplomacy and the responsibility to protect, ‘Satow’s Diplomatic Practice’ remains an essential primer on diplomatic history and international law for young diplomats today.

Sir Ivor Roberts is President of Trinity College, University of Oxford, and Former British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Republic of Ireland, and Italy.

Sir Ivor Roberts entered the Diplomatic Service in 1968. From 1989 to 1993 he was Minister in the British Embassy in Madrid. He was appointed Chargé d’Affaires and Consul – General in Belgrade in March 1994, and after recognition of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by the United Kingdom, he became Ambassador. During his time in Belgrade he conducted negotiations on behalf of the international mediators (Lord Owen and Carl Bildt) with both the Yugoslav authorities and the Bosnian Serbs. From January 1998 to February 1999 he was on a sabbatical as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, writing and lecturing on his experiences in Yugoslavia. From February 1999 to March 2003 he served as British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and from May 2003 to September 2006 as Ambassador to Italy. He retired from the Diplomatic Service in September 2006 on his election as the President of Trinity College Oxford.

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