Most internationalists take a sympathetic view of subsequent practice as a means of treaty interpretation. Its appealing features are, by honouring the current will of the parties to an agreement rather than the original intent of its drafters, acting as a valuable tool to adapt treaties to changing circumstances, thereby keeping them alive, and allowing international organizations to develop. Those who stress legitimacy and consent as the core bases of the international system, on the other hand, look at the metamorphosis that treaties may experience with mixed...
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