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s.II Treaty Formation, 11 Treaty Reservations

Edward T Swaine

From: The Oxford Guide to Treaties (1st Edition)

Edited By: Duncan B. Hollis

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 September 2020

Subject(s):
Treaties, reservations and declarations — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)
Given the common wisdom that the subject of treaty reservations is among the most complicated in treaty law,1 the relevant law defies easy summary; indeed, a chapter-length treatment can only discuss the most prominent issues and note others of a more incidental character. That said, it is easy enough to provide an orientation in the basic rules of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT). The subject is mostly uncontroversial. While reservations, by definition, seek unilaterally to compromise a State’s treaty obligations,2 States are nonetheless...
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