Typically, in all international agreements, as well as in all manuals of international law, the section on dispute settlement comes last. This Handbook is no exception. The reason for this seemingly universal rule is quite obvious. Dispute settlement is to international law what pathology is to medicine. It is about the worst-case scenario, when the consensus that made it possible for rules to be created does not exist anymore, and parties argue as to what these rules actually mean and if, by whom, to what extent, and with which consequences, they have been...
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