\" \" Nope, That Law Doesn't Apply: How Diplomatic Immunity Works Kim Grant/Getty ImagesDiplomats have gotten away with everything, from human trafficking to causing cholera outbreaks, in the name of diplomatic immunity — or being exempt from the laws of other countries. As host Josh Clark explains in the video above, diplomatic immunity is nearly as old as civilization itself. This diplomatic immunity includes not only the embassy, but also diplomatic vehicles, houses and offices. This may seem like a sweet deal, at least for the diplomats, but under the United Nations' 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Immunity, someone with diplomatic immunity can be arrested in a host country. Their home country can waive diplomatic immunity so a host country can prosecute them.