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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Exception of Non-Performance

Danae Azaria

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 January 2022

Subject(s):
International responsibility — Law of treaties

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The ‘exception of non-performance’ or ‘exception of a non-performed contract’ or exceptio non adimpleti contractus (‘exceptio’) permits that the performance of an obligation be withheld, if the other party has failed to perform the same or a related obligation. It is an aspect and sub-category of reciprocity (Simma (2008); Zoller (1984) 15). It benefits only the innocent party, which may suspend the performance of its treaty obligation(s), while the other party remains obliged to perform (Dörr and Schmalenbach (2012) 1043; Zoller (1984) 14–27). Its application...
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