Dynamic Interpretation of International Treaties

Revue Générale de Droit International Public, Vol. 115, No. 2, pp. 373-396, 2011

24 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2011

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Giovanni Distefano

University of Neuchatel - Faculty of Law; University of Geneva - Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Date Written: July 7, 2011

Abstract

This article deals with the dynamic interpretation of International Treaties. Albeit not codified as such, this crossover dimension of interpretation finds the place it deserves in Art. 31, especially, yet not exclusively, in its Par. 3 lit. c). Widely and often resorted to by all international jurisdictions, dynamic interpretation vertues and pitfalls are exhaustively here analyzed. In this connection, the difference between application and interpretation of a conventional norm is incidentally studied.

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Keywords: law of treaties, interpretation, inter-temporal law, application of treaties law, systemic interpretation

JEL Classification: K33, K10

Suggested Citation

Distefano, Giovanni, Dynamic Interpretation of International Treaties (July 7, 2011). Revue Générale de Droit International Public, Vol. 115, No. 2, pp. 373-396, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1880911

Giovanni Distefano (Contact Author)

University of Neuchatel - Faculty of Law ( email )

Neuchatel, CH-2000
Switzerland

University of Geneva - Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights ( email )

Villa Moynier
120B rue de Lausanne
Geneva, 1211
Switzerland

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