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 appreciations...
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