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Handbook on Good Treaty Practice

Handbook on Good Treaty Practice

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107530683


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  • This Handbook aims to provide practical guidance on good treaty practice. It presents a range of examples from the practice of several States and international organisations and explains the actions that need to be taken to create a new treaty, bring it into force, operate it, amend it and wind it up, on both the international and the domestic plane. It also explores what constitutes good treaty practice, and develops generic principles or criteria against which to evaluate these examples. It provides a useful analytical tool to enable each government and international organisation to identify and develop the best treaty practice for their circumstances, recognising that one size does not necessarily fit all. It will be of interest to those working with treaties and treaty procedures in governments, international organisations and legal practice, as well as legal academics and students wishing to gain insight into the realities of treaty practice.

    • Provides a practical guide to treaty work including unique insights into work that takes place inside the treaty office and its implications
    • Explores generic principles of good treaty practice and procedure in detail
    • Provides an analytical tool to enable government and international organizations to identify and develop the best treaty practice for their circumstances
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    'This Handbook is a collaborative effort by the authors to identify, through engagement with various stakeholders, the best practices in treaty-making. It is a comprehensive guide providing expertise on each stage of a treaty's lifespan including, reservation, ratification, amendments, etc. It condenses highly technical information into an accessible framework, making it an indispensable resource, not only for treaty experts, diplomats and administrators, but also lawyers, academics and students delving into the intricacies of treaty practice.' Gabrielle Marceau, Université de Genève and the World Trade Organization Senior Counsellor

    'This Handbook will be of great practical importance. It does not just assemble rules, practices and clauses in order to illustrate the life of international treaties. It delivers much more: it is a Manual on good treaty practice, designed to educate those in the front line of treaty work on how to handle everything they might come across in their job not only in a correct, but in an optimal way. The scope and depth of the Handbook are truly impressive without being intimidating; the language is clear and the many examples are well-chosen. The work lives up to the – Plato – standard it itself sets for treaty practice: professional, legal, assured, transparent, organised.' Bruno Simma, Former Member of the International Law Commission and of the International Court of Justice, Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal (The Hague)

    'This remarkable book provides a unique and insightful account of all aspects of treaty practice and as such will not only be essential reading for government officials whose work relates to treaties, but will also be of considerable interest to international law practitioners and academics.' Dan Sarooshi, Essex Court Chambers and University of Oxford

    'Treaty law is a very important component of international law. Diplomats, government legal advisers and legal practitioners are frequently engaged in the process of making, interpreting and implementing treaties. They will find this Handbook an indispensable guide to good treaty practice.' Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107530683
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 mm
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to good treaty practice
    2. Organising treaty work in governments and international organisations
    3. Treaties and other kinds of international instruments
    4. Managing and using treaty collections
    5. Making a new treaty (negotiation, drafting, production)
    6. Preparing to become party to a treaty
    7. Becoming party to a treaty – consent to be bound and entry into force
    8. Continuing engagement with the treaty throughout its life
    9. Ending treaty relations
    10. Future of treaty practice.

  • Authors

    Jill Barrett, Queen Mary University of London
    Jill Barrett is Visiting Reader in the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London and Associate Member, 6 Pump Court Chambers. She also works independently as an international law consultant and advises UK parliamentary committee inquiries on the role of Parliament in scrutinising treaties. Previously, she was the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and, before that, she was Legal Counsellor at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Throughout her twenty-year FCO career she negotiated, drafted and advised on numerous treaties and represented the UK at the United Nations and international conferences. She led the UK Government's work on creating a statutory regime on ratification of treaties in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. She supervised the FCO Treaty Section and developed new ways of delivering treaty services to the UK Government and the public.

    Robert Beckman, National University of Singapore
    Robert Beckman is the Head of the Ocean Law and Policy programme and the former Director of the Centre for International Law (CIL), National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also an Associate Professor at the NUS Faculty of Law, where he has taught for more than thirty years on Public International Law, UN Law, and Ocean Law and Policy. He co-authored Promoting Compliance: The Role of Dispute Settlement and Compliance Mechanisms in ASEAN Instruments (2016) which looked into hundreds of ASEAN instruments to dissect the ASEAN treaty practice in promoting and encouraging domestic compliance. He is an expert on the issues of law of the sea in Southeast Asia, including maritime security, piracy, governance of submarine cables, and the South China Sea disputes. He has co-directed the special project on treaty law and practice at CIL since 2012.

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