Evolutive treaty interpretation : legality, semantics and distinctions
Title: Evolutive treaty interpretation : legality, semantics and distinctions
Author: TORP HELMERSEN, Sondre
Citation: European Journal of Legal Studies, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 127-148
External link: http://www.ejls.eu/
According to the ICJ, ‘generic’ terms in long-term treaties were presumably intended to be interpreted evolutively. This ‘general rule’ on evolutive interpretation appears simple, but leaves unanswered questions. Moreover, linguistic analyses show that the ICJ is inconsistent in its definition of ‘generic’, and that evolutive interpretations are unsuited to solving ambiguity (as opposed to vagueness). There is, moreover, a tendency in the literature to confuse or conflate evolutive interpretation with the doctrine of intertemporality or the VCLT Article 31.3.c—these are three distinct concepts.
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