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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Treaties, Secret

Richard Caddell

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 April 2020

Sources, foundations and principles of international law — Treaties, conclusion — Treaties, entry into force — Depositaries and registrations — Peace treaties — Treaties, successive

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 A secret treaty (Treaties) is a treaty or international agreement that has been concluded (Treaties, Conclusion and Entry into Force) between State[s] in which a formal decision has been made to conceal the instrument, in whole or in part, from the public domain. Treaties may have hidden depths and otherwise public agreements may contain secret annexes or protocols, with the true intentions and implications of an international instrument being obscured by and omitted from the ‘official’ version. In the current era, secret treaty-making carries negative...
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