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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Framework Agreements

Nele Matz-Lück

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2024

General principles of international law — Treaties, interpretation — Vienna Convention on the 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 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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