1 The terms ‘framework agreement’ or ‘framework convention’ and their French equivalent ‘convention-cadre’ are of relatively recent origin. A framework agreement can be defined as a legally binding treaty (Treaties) of international law that establishes broad commitments for its parties and a general system of governance, while leaving more detailed rules and the setting of specific targets either to subsequent agreements between the parties, usually referred to as protocols, or to national legislation. The specific design of the framework and the room left for...
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