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The Interpretation of Acts and Rules in Public International Law

Alexander Orakhelashvili


There are frequent claims that the international legal regulation in one or another field of international law is uncertain, vague, ambiguous, or indeterminate, which does not support the stability, transparency, or predictability of international legal relations. This monograph examines the framework of interpretation in international law based on the premise of the effectiveness and determinacy of international legal regulation, which is a necessary prerequisite for international law to be viewed as law. This study examines this problem for the first time since these questions were addressed ... More

Keywords: law of treaties, sources of international law, natural law and positivism, determinacy of international obligations, principle of effectiveness, unilateral acts of States, decisions of international organizations, customary rules, agencies of interpretation, margin of appreciation

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Orakhelashvili, author
Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford
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