Subsequent Agreements and Subsequent Practice in Domestic Courts

  • Katharina Berner

Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 268)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XLV
  2. Katharina Berner
    Pages 1-23
  3. Subsequent Agreements and Subsequent Practice

  4. The Jurisprudence of Domestic Courts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Katharina Berner
      Pages 171-198
    3. Katharina Berner
      Pages 199-240
    4. Katharina Berner
      Pages 241-276
    5. Katharina Berner
      Pages 277-285
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-300

About this book


The book analyses how subsequent agreements and subsequent practice as defined in articles 31 and 32 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties have been applied in interpretative reality. Based on the jurisprudence of domestic courts, it elucidates the distribution of power between the parties to a treaty and other actors. To start with, the book traces the origins of subsequent agreements and subsequent practice and places them in their broader legal context. Next, it explores the legal status and effects of subsequent agreements and subsequent practice, explains why such agreements are only rarely used, and defines the relevance of non-party practice in the interpretative process. In closing, it critically examines how domestic courts have approached the normative heart of subsequent practice, i.e. the notion of ‘agreement’. Thus, this book ultimately challenges the traditional assumption that the parties are the joint masters of the treaty.


Subsequent agreements Subsequent practice Treaty interpretation 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties Domestic court decisions

Authors and affiliations

  • Katharina Berner
    • 1
  1. 1.Bevollmächtigter des Rat es der EKDEvangelische Kirche in DeutschlandBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., to be exercised by Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-54936-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-54937-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-4770
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7135
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