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Art.27 Depositary

Stuart Casey-Maslen, Andrew Clapham, Gilles Giacca, Sarah Parker

From: The Arms Trade Treaty: A Commentary

Andrew Clapham, Stuart Casey-Maslen, Gilles Giacca, Sarah Parker

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 03 March 2024

Human rights remedies — Arms control — International trade — Humanitarian intervention — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Disarmament — International peace and security

This chapter analyses Article 27 of the ATT. The provision designates the Secretary-General of the UN as the Depositary of the ATT. This is in accord with the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which expressly allows the Chief Administrative Officer of an international organization to be designated as the Depositary of a treaty, and for the designation to be made in the treaty itself. Given the fact that the ATT was negotiated within the UN, it was never in doubt that the Secretary-General of the United Nations would be designated the Depositary. The Depositary carries out functions with respect to the Convention, among others to allow states to sign it, as well as to accept and record instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval, and accession. The chapter concludes with a brief description of these functions.

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