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

s.I Foundational Issues, 4 Who Can Make Treaties? The European Union

Marise Cremona

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

EU Treaty — Consensual arrangements other than treaties — Treaties, effect for third states — International responsibility
The European Union is unique as a treaty-making actor. It is one of the most prolific makers of treaties, and although it is certainly true that treaties in general have gained in importance as a source of law over the last century, the EU’s use of the treaty as a key component of its foreign policy is striking. The EU uses treaties to structure and define its relations with third countries, to devise different models of agreement for groups of partners, to promote its vision of ‘an international system based on stronger multilateral cooperation and good global...
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