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s.IV Treaty Interpretation, 21 Specialized Rules of Treaty Interpretation: Human Rights

Başak Çali

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: 07 August 2020

Treaties, interpretation — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Human rights
Is the interpretation of treaties regulating international human rights a specialized regime? This question is itself open to interpretation along two dimensions. First, it could be understood to advocate exceptions for human rights treaties from the interpretative regime set out in the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties (VCLT) and the customary international law it codifies. Second, it could instead be understood to ask if there exist specialized interpretive rules due to the demands of the subject matter that these treaties regulate. A discussion of...
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