/sayf"kon"dukt/, n.
1. a document authorizing safe passage through a region, esp. in time of war.
2. this privilege.
3. the act of conducting in safety.
[1250-1300; ME sauf condut < MF sauf-conduit]

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      procedure by which a person is permitted to enter or leave a jurisdiction in which he would normally be subject to arrest, detention, or other deprivation. Historically, the habit of princes in granting safe-conducts to foreigners who, as aliens, did not ordinarily enjoy the full protection of the host-country's law developed into the system of diplomatic immunity (extraterritoriality). Similarly, the granting of safe-conducts to protect freedom of commerce was the forerunner of modern treaties of commerce. Whether in modern times the granting by the authorities of a safe-conduct—as, for example, to a person enjoying asylum in a foreign embassy—entails any legal obligation under international or municipal law depends on the circumstances of each case. See also asylum; extraterritoriality.

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Universalium. 2010.


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