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The persons commissioned by one government to exercise diplomatic functions at the court of another, including the minister, secretaries, attachés, and interpreters, are collectively called the legation of their government. The word also denotes the official residence of a foreign minister.

See: delegation, deputation, embassy, mission

LEGATION. An embassy; a mission.
     2. All persons attached to a foreign legation, lawfully acknowledged by the government of this country, whether they are ambassadors, envoys, ministers, or attaches, are protected by the act of April 30, 1790, 1 Story's L. U. S. 83, from violence, arrest or molestation. 1 Dall. 117; 1 W. C. C. R. 232; 11 Wheat. 467; 2 W. C. C. Rep. 435; 4 W. C. C. R. 531; 1 Miles, 366; 1 N & M. 217; 1 Bald. 240; Wheat. Int. Law, 167. Vide Ambassador; Envoy; Minister.

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This principle was acknowledged by Chief Justice Duff in Re Foreign Legations, when he stated: "[t]he principles governing the immunities of a foreign sovereign and his diplomatic agents and his property [being principles of customary international law] do not, of course, limit the legislative authority of the legislature having jurisdiction in the particular matter affected by any immunity claimed, or alleged" (50).
Even if the records of his legations are only partial, the documents which do survive demonstrate that these summaries of the legation were essentially correct, but the goals of those legations were much more complicated.
Yet as the story of how the foreign legations responded to the siege illustrates, the fact remains that committees can be highly effective means of organizing work.
Officials at the legation in Lisbon advised against the Paris route because gasoline was scarce and the Nazis unlikely to permit a drive into Germany.
While digging deep into the Spanish archives and sketching his new volumes, he was, to his surprise, appointed Secretary to the American Legation in London.
legation in London, poured out his tortured soul in a richly detailed diary.
Last night, a Strathclyde Pol ice spokeswoma n sa id : "We have received complaints from members of the public regarding al legations surrounding the events during the Old Firm match on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, which we are now investigating.
This historic place still exists, long after diplomatic relations moved to the capital, Rabat, and is now home to the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, TALIM.
Belfast, UK) and Stewart (defense studies, King's College London, UK), examines the role of British and British Commonwealth overseas representatives (ambassadors, governors, high commissioners, and ministers) in managing bilateral relations during periods of war, from the British legations in Tokyo and Beijing during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1995 through to British representatives in South Africa, Turkey, Australia, and the United States during World War II.
At one stage of this murderous rampage, their so-called Axis partners at the German and Italian legations, stricken with horror at this senseless killing, intervened by displaying their fascist armbands in attempts to save a terrified few.
After more than a year of hearing German protests concerning Spanish toleration of the Poles, the Franco government finally relented in January 1942, ordering the closing of all Polish diplomatic posts in Spain (The Spanish Foreign Ministry also closed the legations of the governments-in-exile of Belgium and Norway, both of which had been occupied by Germany since 1940).
The siege of the Allied Legations by the Boxers, known in China as the Yihetuan Movement, in the summer of 1900 was not an isolated series of events.