Being as it is volatile, multifaceted, amorphous, omnipresent, flexible, and dynamic, ‘practice’ defies precise definition. Plural in its characteristics, practice is also plural in the roles it plays within our discipline. To most if not all of us, practice instinctively springs to mind in the context of custom, as well as treaties.1 Its functions range, in fact, from the production to the application of legal rules. Yet, the semantic singularity of ‘practice’ might suggest a unitary production process for all legally relevant practices. It is commonplace to...
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