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Interpretation of Acts and Rules in Public International Law


ISBN13: 9780199546220
Published: July 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £83.00 - Unavailable at Publisher



There are frequent claims that the international legal regulation of international law is uncertain, vague, ambiguous, or indeterminate, which does not support the stability, transparency, or predictability of international legal relations. This monograph examines the framework of interpretation in international law based on the premise of the effectiveness and determinacy of international legal regulation, which is a necessary pre-requisite for international law to be viewed as law.

This study examines this problem for the first time since these questions were addressed, and taken as the basic premises of the international legal analysis, in the works of JL Brierly and Sir Hersch Lauterpacht. Addressing the different aspects of the effectiveness of legal regulation, this monograph examines the structural limits on, and threshold of, legal regulation, and the relationship between the established legal regulation and non-law. Once the limits of legal regulation are ascertained, the analysis proceeds to examine the legal framework of interpretation that serves the maintenance and preservation of the object and intendment of the existing legal regulation.

The final indispensable stage of analysis is the interpretation of those treaty provisions that embody the indeterminate conditions of non-law. Given that the generalist element of international legal doctrine has been virtually silent on the problem and implications of the effectiveness and determinacy of international legal regulation, this study examines the material accumulated in doctrine and practice for the past several decades, including the relevant jurisprudence of all major international tribunals.

  • First ever comprehensive monograph on the rules and regime of interpretation in international law
  • Combines the examination of the process of interpretation in international law as a system with the analysis of all relevant practice from the 19th century onwards to the present time
  • Covers the wide range of doctrinal opinion and of areas of international law regarding the process of interpretation of international acts and rules; includes the analysis of practice of all major international courts and tribunals
  • Examines the interpretation of the wide range of international acts, including treaties, unilateral acts, institutional decisions, as well as the competence to interpret
  • Develops the argument that combines the doctrinal and conceptual perception of international law with how it operates in practice

Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
Introduction

Part I - The Effectiveness of International Legal Regulation
1. Doctrinal Treatment of the Effectiveness of Legal Regulation
2. Characteristics and Implications of the Effectiveness of Legal Regulation

Part II - Threshold of Legal Regulation
3. The Essence of the Threshold of Legal Regulation
4. Customary Law and Inherent Rules

Part III - Law and Non-law in the International Legal System
5. Fact as Non-Law and the Limits on its Relevance
6. Interest as Non-Law
7. Values as Non-law
8. Quasi-Normative Non-Law

Part IV - The Regime and Methods of Interpretation in International Law
9. Conceptual Aspects of Interpretation
10. Treaty Interpretation: Rules and Methods
11. Treaty Interpretation: Effectiveness and Presumptions
12. Interpretation of Jurisdictional Instruments
13. Interpretation of Unilateral Acts and Statements
14. Interpretation of Institutional Decisions
15. Interpretation of Customary Rules
16. The Agencies of Interpretation

Part V - Treaty Interpretation and Indeterminate Provisions of Non-Law
17. The Essence of and Response to the Indeterminacy of Treaty Provisions
18. Equity and Equitable Considerations in Treaties

Conclusion

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