Alain Pellet's Definition of a Reservation

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Alain Pellet's Definition of a Reservation

in Austrian Review of International and European Law Online


1 UN Doc. A/CN.4/491 and Addenda (1998). 2 It reads: "'[Reservation' means a unilateral statement, however phrased or named, made by a State, when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to a treaty, whereby it purports to exclude or modify the legal effect of certain provisions of the treaty in the application to that State." 3 A/CN.4/491/Add.3, 18, "Guide to practice". 4 Ibid., 17, para. 38: "There is not doubt that the practice of formulating "across-the-board" reservations relating not to specific provisions of a treaty, but to its provisions as a whole, is contrary to the letter of the Vienna definition." 5 See text in note 2; italics added.

6 Article 21 paras. 1 (b) and 3 VCLT. 7 A/CN.4/491/Add.3, 15, para. 35. 8 Ibid., 17-18, para. 39.

9Ibid., 15, para. 36. 10 Ibid., 15, note 48: Les réserves aux trait6s multilateraux, Paris 1979. I I Ibid., note 49: Reservations to Multilateral Treaties, PolishYIL 1970. 12 Ibid: The Venna Convention on the Law of Treaties: Inadequate Framework on Reservations, IianderbiltJTnL 1994. 13 This is not the place for providing an exhaustive list. Some recent publications are i.a.: H.J.Bourguignon, The Belilos Case: New Light on Reservations to Multilateral Treat- ies, 29 IiaJIL (1989), 347-386; B.Clark, The Venna Convention Reservations Regime and the Convention on Discrimination Against Women, 85 AJIL (1991), 281-321; L. Lijnzaad, Reservations to UN-Human Rights Treaties. Ratify and Ruin?, Dordrecht 1995; T.Gigerich, Vorbehalt zu Menschenrechtsabkommen: Zuldssigkeit, Giiltigkeit und Prilfungskompetenz von Vertragsgremien, 55 ZadRV (1995), 713-782; L. Sucharipa-Behrmann, The Legal Effects of Reservations to Multilateral Treaties, I ARIEL (1996), 67-88. 14 A/CN.4/491/Add.3, 15-17, para. 37.

15Ibid., 17, para. 38; italics added. 16 See text at note 8. 17 Cf. the definition in Article 46 VCLT.

1g A/CN.4/491/Add.3, 17, para.38. 19 See note 4. 20 A/CN.4/491/Add.3, 17, note 53.

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