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The Oxford Guide to Treaties edited by Hollis, Duncan B (1st July 2012)

s.II Treaty Formation, 10 Managing the Process of Treaty Formation: Depositaries and Registration

Arancha Hinojal-Oyarbide, Annebeth Rosenboom

From: The Oxford Guide to Treaties

Edited By: Duncan B. Hollis

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 October 2019

Depositaries and registrations — Treaties, signature — Treaties, entry into force — Treaties, amendments and modification — Treaties, reservations and declarations
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...
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