Book IX International Transactions, 37 Treaties and Other International Instruments—III Act, General Act, Final Act, Modus Vivendi, Compromis (Special Agreement)
Edited By: Sir Ivor Roberts KCMG
- UN Charter — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
37.1 The term ‘Act’ (as distinguished from ‘General Act’ or ‘Final Act’) is an old form of treaty nomenclature, sometimes used to designate an international instrument which, in and of itself, may lack some of the formal characteristics of a treaty, but which nevertheless forms part of a complex of treaty instruments. In this sense, an ‘Act’ will constitute a piece of international law-making and may indeed embody the decisive terms of the treaty complex. A recent example of this kind of usage is the ‘Act concerning the Conditions of Accession and the adjustments...