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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Treaties, Territorial Application

Anthony Aust

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 September 2020

Sovereignty — State practice — Territoriality — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, signature — Treaties, ratification — Treaties, application — Treaties, scope (temporal and territorial)

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Because of its nature, in order to be effective a treaty such as the United Nations Charter has to apply to all the territory of the parties. Other treaties will, by their terms, identify explicitly or by necessary implication the territory of the parties to which they relate. Some treaties clearly apply to the activities of a party or its nationals outside its territory. A party to the Antarctic Treaty (1959) (Antarctica), which applies to the area south of 60° south latitude, is required to apply the treaty to its nationals in that area. But that treaty is...
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