The question of the methods and criteria appropriate for the interpretation of a treaty usually arises for the Court because the parties are at odds over the correct interpretation to be given to a particular provision. If a particular interpretation is accepted by all parties concerned, then at first sight there is no need for the Court to go behind that, and scrutinize the accepted interpretation to see whether it would be that which would emerge from a scrupulous application of the recognized canons of interpretation. If all parties to the treaty are before the...
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