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

s.III Treaty Application, 18 Treaty Conflicts and Normative Fragmentation

Christopher J Borgen

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

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaty provisions — Customary international law — Conflict of laws
Studies addressing how States can respond to conflicting international legal obligations are nothing new. 1 But warnings of the possible systemic fragmentation of international law are a by-product of the modern conception of international law as an integrated, though primitive, legal system. Fragmentation is thus a more recent ‘macroeconomic’ or systemic manifestation of the ‘microeconomic’ or ‘firm-level’ problem of conflicting legal obligations inherent to international relations. One recurrent theme in fragmentation discussions is a debate over whether...
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