39.1 This chapter is devoted to certain miscellaneous aspects of the law of treaties, which are nonetheless important, and in some cases controversial. The treatment is inevitably somewhat technical, and non-lawyers may prefer to note the existence of difficulties without feeling obliged to explore the issues fully—much less to take a firm position where uncertainty exists. But it is important to grasp for instance what reservations are (and what they are not), and what effect they might have, questions that arise both when a treaty is under negotiation and after...
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