Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties


Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties

9780857934772 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Christian J. Tams, Professor of International Law, University of Glasgow, UK, Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Associate Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford, UK and Andreas Zimmermann, Professor of Public, Public International and European Union Law, Professor of European and Public International Business Law, and Director of the Human Rights Centre, University of Potsdam, Germany Assistant Editor: Athene E. Richford, Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, UK
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 0 85793 477 2 Extent: 680 pp
Offering a unique conceptual approach to the Law of Treaties this insightful Research Handbook not only sets out the foundational issues, but identifies tensions within the field, including formalism vs flexibility, integrity vs flexibility, and uniformity vs specialisation, to name a few. It seeks to define and re-define the dimensions in which Treaty law operates, tracing its fault-lines and the challenges it faces, such as breaches, regime-collisions, state succession and armed conflict. Representing a broad range of jurisdictional and ideological perspectives, the Research Handbook provides a diverse and stimulating approach to international treaties.

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The Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties provides an authoritative treatment of fundamental issues in international treaty law. Identifying key challenges facing the modern law of treaties, the Handbook addresses the current regime and comments on potential directions of the law.

Rather than an article-by-article commentary on provisions applicable to treaties, the Handbook offers an innovative study of their spatial, personal and temporal dimensions and of the tensions that arise due to the need for both flexibility and certainty in treaty relations. It analyses the interaction between treaty regimes and potential ruptures, as well as the expansion of treaty law to international organisations, corporations and individuals. Each chapter includes an ‘agenda for research’, highlighting areas where future work could yield significant results.

This pioneering Handbook will prove an invaluable resource for researchers and advanced students, as well as providing unique insights for practitioners of international law.
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‘For researchers, scholars and international lawyers seeking additional breadth and depth of understanding within this often bewildering and complex subject, this recent title from Edward Elgar Publishing is a real find. . . With its original, thought provoking and densely argued commentaries, this book makes an important contribution to the literature of international law and should be of particular interest to academics, researchers and international lawyers, especially those seeking new perspectives on the matter of treaties and EU law.’
– Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine
Contributors: E. Cannizzaro, J. d''Aspremont, K. del Mar, J. Devaney, J. Finke, M. Fitzmaurice, M. Karavias, M. Kotzur, S-I. Lekkas, V. Lowe QC, P.Merkouris, M. Milanovic, A. Nollkaemper, M. Paparinskis, I. Plakokefalos, A. Proelss, S. Ranganathan, A. Rasulov, Y. Ronen, C. J. Tams, A. Tzanakopoulos, M. Waibel, P. Webb, A. Zimmermann


Christian J Tams, Antonios Tzanakopoulos and Andreas Zimmermann

1. The Law of Treaties; or, Should this Book Exist?
Vaughan Lowe

2. The Law of Treaties through the Interplay of its Different Sources
Enzo Cannizzaro

3. Regulating Treaties: A Comparative Perspective
Martins Paparinskis

4. Theorizing Treaties: The Consequences of the Contractual Analogy
Akbar Rasulov

5. The Effects of Treaties in Domestic Law
André Nollkaemper

6. The Temporal Dimension: Non-retroactivity and Its Discontents
Markus Kotzur

7. The Spatial Dimension: Treaties and Territory
Marko Milanović

8. The Personal Dimension: Challenges to the pacta tertiis Rule
Alexander Proelss

9. Formalism versus Flexibility in the Law of Treaties
Jean d’Aspremont

10. Integrity versus Flexibility in the Application of Treaties
Katherine del Mar

11. Pacta sunt servanda versus Flexibility in the Suspension and Termination of Treaties
Sotirios-Ioannis Lekkas and Antonios Tzanakopoulos

12. Uniformity versus Specialisation (1): The Quest for a Uniform Law of Inter-State Treaties
Malgosia Fitzmaurice and Panos Merkouris

13. Uniformity versus Specialisation (2): A Uniform Regime of Treaty Interpretation?
Michael Waibel

14. Regime-collisions: Tensions Between Treaties (and How to Solve Them)
Jasper Finke

15. Responding to Deliberately-created Treaty Conflicts
Surabhi Ranganathan

16. Treaty Breaches and Responses
Christian J Tams

17. Succession to Treaties and the Inherent Limits of International Law
Andreas Zimmermann and James G. Devaney

18. Treaties and Armed Conflict
Yaël Ronen

19. Treaties and International Organisations: Uneasy Analogies
Philippa Webb

20. Treaty Law and Multinational Enterprises: More than Internationalized Contracts?
Markos Karavias

21. Treaties and Individuals: Of Beneficiaries, Duty-bearers, Users, and Participants
Ilias Plakokefalos


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