Introduction to the Oxford Guide to Treaties
The Oxford Guide to Treaties, D. B. Hollis, ed., Oxford University Press, 2012
9 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2012 Last revised: 5 Oct 2012
Date Written: September 5, 2012
From trade relations to greenhouse gasses, from shipwrecks to cybercrime, treaties structure the rights and obligations of states, international organizations, and individuals. For centuries, treaties have regulated relations among nation states. Today, they are the dominant source of international law. Thus, being adept with treaties and international agreements is an indispensable skill for anyone engaged in international relations, including international lawyers, diplomats, international organization officials, and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
This Introduction introduces readers to the Oxford Guide to Treaties, a volume that seeks to provide a comprehensive review of the rules and practices surrounding the making, interpretation, and operation of these instruments. Leading experts provide essays designed to introduce the law of treaties and offer practical insights into how treaties actually work. Foundational issues are covered, including what treaties are and when they should be used, alongside detailed analyses of treaty formation, application, interpretation, and exit. Special issues associated with treaties involving the European Union and other international organizations are also addressed. These scholarly treatments are complimented by a set of model treaty clauses. Real examples illustrate the approaches treaty-makers can take on topics such as entry into force, languages, reservations, and amendments. The Oxford Guide to Treaties thus provides an authoritative reference point for anyone involved in the creation or interpretation of treaties or other forms of international agreement.
Keywords: treaty, treaties, pacta sunt servanda, Vienna Convention, Oxford Guide to Treaties, EU, NGOs, International Organizations, human rights, treaty-making, signature, reservations, application, termination, third party rights, amendments, succession, fragmentation, treaty interpretation
JEL Classification: K33
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