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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Treaties, Suspension

Iain Cameron

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 June 2021

Subject(s):
General principles of international law — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, amendments and modification — Treaties, invalidity, termination, suspension, withdrawal — Treaties, successive — State practice — Unilateral acts

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 Suspension of a treaty (Treaties) means the temporary cessation of the operation of all or of a part of a treaty. The effect of suspension, according to Art. 72 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969) (‘VCLT’) is that the suspending parties are released from the obligation to perform the treaty in their mutual relations during the period of the suspension. However, the suspension does not otherwise affect the legal relations between the parties which have already been established by the treaty. Suspension presupposes the continued existence of the...
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