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The Law of International Responsibility edited by Crawford, James; Pellet, Alain; Olleson, Simon; Parlett, Kate

Part V The Implementation of International Responsibility, Ch.79 The Definition of Countermeasures

Denis Alland

From: The Law of International Responsibility

Edited By: James Crawford, Alain Pellet, Simon Olleson, Kate Parlett

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 July 2019

Subject(s):
Responsibility of states — Countermeasures — Weapons — Reprisals — Self-defence — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
There is no term that is immune from being subject to differing interpretations and it is futile to hope that there is one interpretation which is both objective and intrinsically clear: ‘countermeasures’ is no exception. Those who attempt to define the concept should aim to avoid contentious areas and make an effort to address its most widely used content. Like other terms of the international law lexicon, countermeasures conventionally represent certain legal practices. 1 The dominant definition of the term can only be identified by reference to the...
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