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(p. 55) 3. The law of treaties 

(p. 55) 3. The law of treaties
(p. 55) 3. The law of treaties

Martin Dixon

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date: 21 February 2020

Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provide an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. Treaties are legally binding instruments that provide the only means for states to create binding legal obligations in a deliberate and conscious manner. A specific set of rules, known as the law of treaties, has been created for the sole purpose of regulating the creation, operation, and termination of treaties as well as their use as a source of international law. This chapter first provides an overview of treaties before examining in detail the law of treaties. It also discusses acts that lack an intention to create legal relations and considers other ‘non-treaty’ circumstances that give rise to legally binding obligations, including declarations under Article 36(2) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, unilateral statements of a state, legally binding acts in national law, acts giving rise to customary law, and formal acts of international organisations. It also discusses three Vienna conventions dealing with the law of treaties.

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