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Part 1 Doctrinal Aspects, 5 Miscellaneous Thoughts on Subsequent Agreements and Practice

Bruno Simma

From: Treaties and Subsequent Practice

Edited By: Georg Nolte

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 January 2021

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, application — Ordinary meaning (treaty interpretation and)
Let me say at the outset that I cannot remember ever having spent much thought on subsequent agreements and subsequent practice because to me the relevance of subsequent practice for the understanding of a legal text appears so natural, so instinctively obvious. Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice are, I believe, simply more cogent, more peremptory, than the other means we find concocted in art 31 of the Vienna Convention. While it is possible to manipulate the other methods more or less according to the desired outcome, and while one can make...
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