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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