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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Treaties, Suspension

Iain Cameron

State practice — General principles of international law — Unilateral acts — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, invalidity, termination, suspension, withdrawal — Treaties, amendments and modification — Treaties, successive

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Suspension of a treaty ( Treaties ) means the temporary cessation of the operation of all or of a part of a treaty. The effect of suspension, according to Art. 72 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969) (‘VCLT’) is that the suspending parties are released from the obligation to perform the treaty in their mutual relations during the period of the suspension. However, the suspension does not otherwise affect the legal relations between the parties which have already been established by the treaty. Suspension presupposes the continued existence of the...
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