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Recent Developments Regarding the Direct and Indirect Application of Treaties by Dutch Courts: Fresh Approaches to Self-Executing, Non-Self-Executing and Non-Binding International Law

  • Joseph FleurenEmail author
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Part of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law book series (NYIL, volume 47)

Abstract

In 2014, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands switched from a binary to a contextual approach to the question whether a treaty provision has direct effect . In this contribution, the new approach is discussed in a historical perspective and linked with some other developments in Dutch case law that further enhance the possibilities for the national courts to enforce treaties: the interpretation of treaty provisions by means of non-binding but authoritative decisions of international supervisory bodies and the treaty-consistent interpretation and application of domestic law .

Keywords

Treaty enforcement by national courts Direct effect Consistent interpretation International soft law 

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© T.M.C. Asser Press and the authors 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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