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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 June 2019

Subject(s):
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 Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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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