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The Interpretation of International Law by Domestic Courts: Uniformity, Diversity, Convergence

Helmut Philipp Aust and Georg Nolte


This book assesses the increasingly important role of domestic courts in the interpretation of international law. It asks whether and, if so, to what extent domestic courts make use of the international rules of interpretation set forth in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Given the expectation that treaties are to have a uniform interpretation and application throughout the world, the practice of domestic courts is considerably more diverse. The contributions to this book analyse three key questions: first, whether international law requires a uniform interpretive approach by dome ... More

Keywords: domestic courts, interpretation, Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, The Law of Treaties, fragmentation, unity, uniformity, customary international law

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helmut Philipp Aust, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Humboldt University Berlin

Georg Nolte, editor
Professor of Law, Humboldt University Berlin; Member of the UN International Law Commission

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1 Introduction

Georg Nolte

Part I Foundations and Doctrinal Aspects

Part II The Practice of Domestic Courts in Context

Part III UNIFORMITY, Diversity, Convergence: Theoretical Perspectives

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