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

Introduction

Duncan B Hollis

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: 14 October 2019

Subject(s):
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Pacta sunt servanda — Subjects of international law — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
The treaty is an august instrument. Since antiquity, treaty-makers have recognized the sacrosanct nature of commitments embedded in treaty form. The Bible, for example, records the obligatory character of a treaty forged by Joshua and the Gibeonites. The Hebrew God had directed Israelites to destroy all neighbours living in the promised land of Canaan—‘save nothing alive that breathes’ 1 —but permitted them to spare foreigners from distant lands. The inhabitants of Gibeon lived in Canaan and knew they faced extinction. They sent a mission to the Israelite leader,...
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