This chapter describes two very distinct functions. On the one hand, the function of the depositary of a multilateral treaty, which includes the performance of many tasks, some even before the adoption of a treaty and many before its entry into force; on the other hand, the registration of treaties, which is a process that only occurs once a treaty has entered into force.1 Practice shows that these two functions often get confused.When two States conclude a treaty, they commonly prepare and sign two originals.2 Each State then keeps one. If the treaty is subject,...
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