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II Treaty Interpretation and Other Treaty Points, Division A: Treaty Interpretation, Ch.III: Ancillary and Other Interpretative Findings

From: The Law and Procedure of the International Court of Justice: Fifty Years of Jurisprudence Volume II

Hugh Thirlway

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 October 2023

Treaties, interpretation — Official interpretations by the parties
The provision in Article 31, paragraph 3(c), of the Vienna Convention that for the purposes of interpretation account is to be taken, inter alia, of ‘any relevant rules of international law applicable in the relations between the parties’ is a survival in the final text of the Convention of what was originally proposed as a provision concerning the intertemporal principle.297 In its form as adopted, it looks like something of a lapalissade, since it would be strange if a treaty were to be interpreted in total isolation from the general body of international law....
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