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

s.I Foundational Issues, 1 Defining Treaties

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: 12 December 2019

Subject(s):
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, interpretation — Consensual arrangements other than treaties — Specific treaties — Theory of international law
What is a treaty? Simply put, it is an international legal agreement. But unpacking the treaty concept further—whether in terms of the nature of that agreement, its legality, or its ‘international’ character—depends on the context in which it is used. Different contexts can produce different meanings for the same term. For example, international law has a specific meaning for the ‘high seas’ that may differ from the one given by a State’s domestic law,1 let alone in more colloquial settings.Moreover, even within the same context, the treaty concept may be defined...
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