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s.III Treaty Application, 16 State Succession in Respect of Treaties

Gerhard Hafner, Gregor Novak

From: The Oxford Guide to Treaties (1st Edition)

Edited By: Duncan B. Hollis

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 April 2024

State succession, international agreements — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Secession
In a generally accepted definition that is also enshrined in the 1978 Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of Treaties (VCSST), State succession is conceived as the ‘replacement of one State by another in the responsibility for the international relations of territory’.1 The legal regime governing State succession is significant because no new State or territory can exist outside the legal order of the community of States. In order to avoid jeopardizing predictability and stability—the central objects of international law—it is necessary to...
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