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s.I Foundational Issues, 1 Defining Treaties

Duncan B Hollis

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: 22 May 2024

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, interpretation — Consensual arrangements other than treaties — Specific treaties — Theory of international law
What is a treaty? Simply put, it is an international legal agreement. But unpacking the treaty concept further—whether in terms of the nature of that agreement, its legality, or its ‘international’ character—depends on the context in which it is used. Different contexts can produce different meanings for the same term. For example, international law has a specific meaning for the ‘high seas’ that may differ from the one given by a State’s domestic law,1 let alone in more colloquial settings.Moreover, even within the same context, the treaty concept may be defined...
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