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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Executive Agreements

Fred L Morrison

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 January 2022

State practice — Treaties, conclusion — Treaties, entry into force — Treaties, interpretation — Treaties, invalidity, termination, suspension, withdrawal — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Foreign relations law

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 An executive agreement is a treaty that has been concluded and ratified by the executive branch without formal approval by a legislative body, in a State in which treaties are usually ratified only with such approval (see also Treaties, Conclusion and Entry into Force).2 The term executive agreement refers only to the status of the agreement within the domestic law of the State in question (see also International Law and Domestic [Municipal] Law). For international purposes, the instrument is simply a treaty or international agreement, eg an agreement with an...
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