1 Both bilateral and multilateral treaties may contain a preamble enumerating the contracting States involved in their conclusion. A treaty’s preamble defines, in general terms, the purposes and considerations that led the parties to conclude the treaty. Generally a preamble consists of a sequence of secondary clauses (considérants) that commence with words such as ‘Recognizing’, ‘Recalling’, ‘Mindful’, ‘Emphasizing’, ‘Conscious of’, etc. The preamble may also incorporate the parties’ motivations for concluding the treaty by describing the foundation of their...
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