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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Richard Caddell

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 January 2023

State practice — Global administrative law — Depositaries and registrations

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 depositary plays an understated yet highly significant role in the administration of a treaty (Treaties). In essence, a depositary acts as the formal custodian of the treaty in question, as well as receiving instruments of communication, acceptance and reservation proffered in relation to it by the various parties and signatories (Treaties, Multilateral, Reservations to). Accordingly, the depositary may be considered to be the administrative hub of the treaty, charged with ensuring that the final version of the text is a faithful reproduction of that which...
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