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This study was accepted as a doctoral thesis by the Faculty of Law of Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in December 2016. For the publication at hand, the manuscript has been updated and includes major developments until August 2017.

Professor Mark Villiger, former judge at the European Court of Human Rights, gave me the initial idea to write about the inter-State Application and followed my endeavors with enthusiasm and great interest as well as patience; without him, this book would not have been written. My gratitude goes further to Professor Adelheid Puttler, the first supervisor of the thesis here at Ruhr-University, who challenged me and patiently awaited the final version of the manuscript. Professor Markus Kaltenborn as second reviewer provided support when needed the most. I wish to extend my thanks to Professor Julian Krüper who was a part of the committee. I am further thankful to Professor Knut Ipsen. Among many other insights, he patiently shared his knowledge about the development of international law in the 1970s.

I am thankful to Dr Stefan Lorenzmeier from my alma mater Augsburg University, I would not be an author without him. Professor Sarah K. Harding from Chicago-Kent promoted my interest in legal writing. I also would like to thank Professor Ferdinand Wollenschläger for everything he taught me. The very constructive criticism by Erika and Norbert Engel concerning my earlier writing on the inter-State Application largely resounds in the way this study has been laid out.

Many colleagues have commented on the study in various stages of its fruition, Tobias Ackermann and Sebastian Wuschka are among the most outspoken ones. Dr Judit Beke-Martos reviewed an earlier and longer history part of the study.

For uncounted hours of copying and proofreading I am indebted to the Chair’s student assistants Katharina Bleiker, Eileen Wolmerath, Rafaela Knäpper and Luisa Wilbert. I would like to thank Heike Müller from the Dean’s Office for all her help with the formal proceedings at the Faculty of Law.

Further, I am thankful for the financial support of Ruhr-University’s Research School, the local graduate school, which funded training, many conference visits and my stay at The Hague Academy of International Law. Further, the institution provided the administration for the grant by the Wilhelm and Günter Esser Foundation to finish the study.

Many thanks go to Brill-Nijhoff, in particular to publisher Lindy Melman for her support and patience. My thanks also go to the language editor.

Finally, I would like to thank my friends and my family, first and foremost my mother and my sister for unquestioning support, and my husband for his enduring comprehension.

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