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Treaty interpretation and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 30 years on

Fitzmaurice, M

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  • Interpretation has always been a cornerstone of international adjudication. This book offers a comprehensive analysis, both on a theoretical and a practical level, of where the principles of interpretation enshrined in Articles 31-33 of the VCLT currently stand.


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-371) and index.
  • English


  • Treaty Interpretation and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties: 30 Years on; Copyright; Contents; List of Contributors; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Interpretation is a Science, is an Art, is a Science; Part I: On The Function and Content of the Canons of Treaty Interpretation; Virtuous Interpretation; Treaty, Custom and Time: Interpretation/Application?; Article 31(3) (a) and (b) of the Vienna Convention and the Kasikili/Sedudu Island Case
  • 'Third Party' Considerations and 'Corrective Interpretation' in the Interpretative Use of Travaux Pr√©paratoires: - Is it Fahrenheit 451 for Preparatory Work? -Part II: Treaty Interpretation, International Trade and Investment Law; The Appellate Body and Treaty Interpretation; Interpretation in International Trade Law; Diversity and Harmonization of Treaty Interpretation in Investment Arbitration; Canons of Treaty Interpretation: Selected Case Studies From the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement
  • Interpretation of (Allegedly) Self-judging Clauses in Bilateral Investment TreatiesPart III: Interpretation, and Human Rights; Intentionalism and the Interpretation of the ECHR; Conflicting Interpretations of the ICC Statute - Are the Rules of Interpretation of the Vienna Convention Still Relevant?; Interpreting Constitutive Instruments of International Criminal Tribunals: Reflections on the Special Court for Sierra Leone; Bibliography; List of Cases; Index