Embassy Law and Legal Definition

Embassy is a permanent diplomatic legation established in a foreign country. Embassy is mostly the office of a country's diplomatic representatives in the capital city of another country. The person in charge of the mission is known as an ambassador. An embassy contains the offices of an ambassador and staff of diplomatic representatives. Embassy also refers to the body of diplomatic representatives headed by an ambassador of a nation. Embassies are the official missions through which nations conduct their foreign affairs. An embassy is also known as a chancery.

Generally, embassies are considered as an extension of the home country's territory. As embassies serve as tangible representatives of the home country, they mostly become targets for political opposition in the host country. Embassy premises and its diplomatic staff fall under the sovereignty of the ambassador's home country. The embassy premises and the staff are protected under the concept of diplomatic immunity by the host country.