Commentary on the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

The 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, regulating treaties between States, lies at the heart of international law.
This commentary interprets the Convention’s 85 articles clearly and precisely. It covers such major topics as reservations to treaties, their interpretation and the grounds for terminating a treaty, for instance breach. Emphasis is placed on the practice of States and tribunals and on academic writings.
It contains further sections on customary international law and the Convention’s history while providing up-to-date information on ratifications and reservations.
This commentary is a must for practitioners and academics wishing to establish the meaning and scope of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
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Biographical Note

Dr. Mark E. Villiger, is Judge at the European Court of Human Rights/Strasbourg and professeur titulaire at the University of Zurich. He has published on various topics of international law, including “Customary International Law and Treaties” (Kluwer, 2nd. ed. 1997).

"In a nutshell, Villiger’s commentary is an important contribution in the recent ‘wave’ of commentaries on the law of treaties: an ideal practitioners’ tool and relevant orientation for academics wanting to enter more into depth into specific problems. The VCLT, the treaty of treaties, is thus given a valuable further source of comprehension."
Christina Binder, Austrian Review of International and European Law, volume 15 (2010).

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Practitioners and academics interested in the law of treaties and the sources of public international law.

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