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The Oslo AccordsInternational Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreements$
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Geoffrey R. Watson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198298915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298915.001.0001

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Are the Oslo Accords Treaties?

Are the Oslo Accords Treaties?

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(p.57) 3 Are the Oslo Accords Treaties?
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The Oslo Accords
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GEOFFREY R. WATSON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298915.003.0003

This chapter examines whether the Oslo Accords are binding as traditional treaties. It argues that the Oslo Accords are probably not treaties under traditional treaty law, as embodied in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. This counter-intuitive conclusion says something about the narrow scope of the Vienna Convention and, more generally, about the formalism that pervades international law.

Keywords:   peace agreements, international treaties, Israel, Palestine, international law, Vienna Convention

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