Julian Assange, the dispute is more likely to be resolved through political negotiations rather than by legal principles.'
– University of Melbourne Law Professor Alison Duxbury (left), in the concluding paragraph of her ASIL Insight entitled "Assange and the Law of Diplomatic Relations." Duxbury provides a most useful account of the facts surrounding, first, the decision of the founder of WikiLeaks (prior posts), to take refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London rather than submit to extradition to Sweden (assertedly out of fear that Sweden would hand him over to the United States); second, the decision of Ecuador (flag above right) to grant him asylum; and third, the decision of Britain not to enter the mission to arrest him. She then surveys the legal and practical feasibility (or not) of various proposed means for Assange to make safe passage out of London and into Ecuador. (This 'Grrl's favorite: squeezing the lanky Australian into a diplomatic pouch.) Duxbury argues persuasively that although pertinent national and international legal regimes are in place, settlement of the matter likely will occur via political channels.