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The Oxford Guide to Treaties

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Duncan B. Hollis
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Mar 2014
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From trade relations to greenhouse gases, 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. The Oxford Guide to Treaties provides a comprehensive guide to treaties, shedding light on 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 studying or involved in the creation or interpretation of treaties or other forms of international agreement.

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Introduction
PART I. FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES
1. Defining Treaties
2. Alternatives to Treaty-Making: MOUs as Political Commitments
3. Who Can Make Treaties? International Organizations
4. Who Can Make Treaties? The European Union
5. Who Can Make Treaties? Other Subjects of International Law
6. NGOs in International Treaty-Making
PART II: TREATY FORMATION
7. Making the Treaty
8. Treaty Signature
9. Provisional Application of Treaties
10. Managing the Process of Treaty Formation-Depositaries and Registration
11. Treaty Reservations
PART III: TREATY APPLICATION
12. The Territorial Application of Treaties
13. Third Party Rights and Obligations in Treaties
14. Treaty Amendments
15. Domestic Application of Treaties
16. State Succession in Respect of Treaties
17. Treaty Bodies and Regimes
18. Treaty Conflicts and Normative Fragmentation
PART IV: TREATY INTERPRETATION
19. The Vienna Convention Rules on Treaty Interpretation
20. Specialized Rules of Treaty Interpretation: International Organizations
21. Specialized Rules of Treaty Interpretation: Human Rights
PART V: AVOIDING OR EXITING TREATY COMMITMENTS
22. The Validity and Invalidity of Treaties
23. Reacting against Treaty Breaches
24. Exceptional Circumstances and Treaty Commitments
25. Terminating Treaties
PART VI: TREATY CLAUSES AND INSTRUMENTS
Initial Decisions on Treaty-Making
Conditions on Joining a Treaty
Constituting the Treaty and its Dissemination
Applying the Treaty
Amendments
The End of Treaty Relations

About the author: 

Duncan B. Hollis is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Temple University's Beasley School of Law. Professor Hollis's scholarship focuses on treaties and other forms of international agreement, examining the formation, interpretation, and application of treaties and political commitments in international, comparative and constitutional contexts. He co-edited and co-authored National Treaty Law & Practice (2005) and his writings have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, Texas Law Review, and the Virginia Journal of International Law. Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Professor Hollis served from 1998 to 2004 in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. During his tenure at the State Department, he worked for several years as the attorney-adviser for treaty affairs, addressing legal and constitutional issues associated with U.S. treaties.

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