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The Law of Treaties

An Introduction Robert Kolb, Professor of Public International Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Permeating all facets of public international law, the modern law of treaties is a fundamental aspect of governance in the ‘democratized’ world. In this contemporary introduction, Robert Kolb provides a refreshing study that is both legally analytical and practical.

Written in a highly readable style, the book explores the key topics through concise chapters, which are organized into two parts. The first of these gives a structured overview of the law of treaties along with practical examples. The second provides a critical engagement with the underlying issues and discusses the multi-dimensional problems raised by legal regulations, explored through specific case studies.
Extent: 304 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 014 5
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Publication Date: 2017
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  • Law - Academic
  • Public International Law
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Relations
Permeating all facets of public international law, the modern law of treaties is a fundamental aspect of governance in the ‘democratized’ world. In this contemporary introduction, Robert Kolb provides a refreshing study that is both legally analytical and practical.

Written in a highly readable style, the book explores the key topics through concise chapters, which are organized into two parts. The first of these gives a structured overview of the law of treaties along with practical examples. The second provides a critical engagement with the underlying issues and discusses the multi-dimensional problems raised by legal regulations, explored through specific case studies.

The Law of Treaties: An Introduction will provide valuable insights to scholars and practitioners in the areas of international law, international affairs and international relations. Its clear structure and concise style mean it will also be highly accessible to students.
‘Robert Kolb’s The Law of Treaties: An Introduction is the best of its kind. Though encyclopaedic and sweeping in its breadth, the book brings out, with the clarity and insistence that characterize all of Kolb’s writings, the underlying principles of state consent on the one hand with pacta sunt servanda and good faith on the other.’
– Dr Eirik Bjorge, University of Oxford, UK

‘With this book, Robert Kolb confirms his position as one of the leading international law scholars. His command of the primary sources and scholarship is unrivalled. In a time when the academic discipline is fragmenting into many specialist sub-disciplines, his scholarship is even more important. Others have characterized Professor Kolb’s The Law of Treaties: An Introduction as the best of its kind. I agree.’
– Mads Andenas, University of Oslo, Norway and University of London, UK


Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction: Treaties in International Relations 2. Concept 3. Conclusion 4. Reservations 5. Validity 6. Third States 7. Interpretation 8. Implementation 9. Conflict 10. Modification 11. Termination 12. Treaties and Customary International Law Conclusion Index