Much of the existing law of treaties promotes the stability and security of treaty relations. The fundamental principle pacta sunt servanda reflects this idea by requiring that parties must perform their obligations in good faith for all valid treaties in force.1 But the law of treaties does not favour stability and security exclusively. Escape valves do exist, permitting parties to terminate or suspend their obligations for various reasons. In some cases, the law of treaties does so to promote consent, such as where termination or suspension occurs in conformity...
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