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Interpretation in International Law

Andrea Bianchi, Daniel Peat, and Matthew Windsor


The relevance of interpretation to the academic study and professional practice of international law is self-evident. As new insights on the practice and process of interpretation abound in other disciplines, international law and international lawyers have largely remained wedded to a rule-based approach, focusing almost exclusively on the VCLT. Such an approach neglects interpretation as a distinct—and admittedly broader—field of theoretical inquiry. This book is structured around the metaphor of the game, which captures and illuminates all the constituent elements of an act of interpretatio ... More

Keywords: interpretation, international law, interpretive authority, international legal theory, interpretive communities, treaty interpretation, Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725749
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Bianchi, editor
Professor of Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Daniel Peat, editor
PhD Candidate, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

Matthew Windsor, editor
PhD Candidate, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

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Part I Introduction

1 Playing the Game of Interpretation

Daniel Peat and Matthew Windsor

Part II The Object

Part III The Players

Part IV The Rules

Part V The Strategies

Part VI Playing the Game of Game-Playing

Part VII Conclusion

End Matter