Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

  • James R. Maxeiner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_665

The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties governs how states make treaties among themselves. It is “lawyers’ law,” that is, it is not concerned with the substance of obligations among states, but with how states enter into those obligations. It applies only among states. The Convention puts in treaty form rules previously observed by customary international law. It enhances legal certainty in a world that increasingly looks to written treaties to govern international relations. As such, it provides an important foundation for the promotion and enforcement of global justice.

The Convention is concerned principally with issues of treaty formation and interpretation. It governs such matters as who may represent a state, how a state consents to be bound, treaty “reservations,” entry into force, application of treaties in time and in geographic space, third party states, treaty modification, state succession invalidity, termination, and procedures for the foregoing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Maxeiner
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  1. 1.School of Law, Center for International and Comparative LawUniversity of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA