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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Treaties, Historical Origins

Gábor Sulyok

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 May 2022

Subject(s):
History of international law — Law of treaties

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 This entry was originally published under the title ‘Treaties, Origin’, but the title has been changed in 2022 to provide a more useful description of the historical focus of the entry. 2 The origins of international treaties, to our knowledge, can be traced back to the ancient Near East (History of International Law, Ancient Times to 1648). Exploring these origins may be a humbling enterprise by reason of the enormous geographical and temporal dimensions and the colourful diversity of entities and peoples concerned. The treaties they made have fortuitously been...
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