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The Law of International Responsibility edited by Crawford, James; Pellet, Alain; Olleson, Simon; Parlett (Assistant), Kate (20th May 2010)

Part III The Sources of International Responsibility, Ch.28 Relevance of the Intertemporal Law

Paul Tavernier

From: The Law of International Responsibility

Edited By: James Crawford, Alain Pellet, Simon Olleson, Kate Parlett (Assistant)

Subject(s):
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Responsibility of states — Diplomatic relations
The intertemporal law is a notion still misunderstood by some legal scholars, who, referring to the famous dictum of Max Huber in Island of Palmas , limit problems of intertemporal law to the acquisition of territory. 1 Others only refer to one of the two rules articulated by the arbitrator, either the first rule which evokes the well-known adage tempus regit actum , or the second rule which spells out the distinction between creating and maintaining a right. The choice to mention one without the other is evidently not neutral. Salmon’s dictionary gives an...
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