A State taking countermeasures seeks to induce the responsible State to comply with its obligations and thus to restore the legal relationships which were interrupted by the internationally wrongful act. Countermeasures thus appear to be of a provisional character. ‘They are essentially temporary measures, taken to achieve a specified end, whose justification terminates once the end is achieved.’1 The temporary character of countermeasures is central to the legal regime. In fact, the role of time, its influence and its implications are more decisive in this...
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