Oliver Dorr, Kirsten Schmalenbach
Springer; 2012 – 2nd edition
A comprehensive article-by-article explanation of each and every provision of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties may be found in the Commentary on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. The following organizational principles have been consistently applied throughout the texts: (I) Purpose and Function of the Article; (II) Historical Background and Negotiating History; and (III) Elements of the Article. When applicable, the Vienna Convention on Treaties between States and Intergovernmental Organizations as well as between IOs is taken into consideration. In conclusion, this Commentary provides a detailed legal examination of all issues of the international law that pertain to treaties. When the law of treaties extends into other areas of international law, such as the law of state responsibility, the pertinent interfaces with those other areas of international law are examined and contextualized here. Due to the Commentary's emphasis on international practice, it is directed not only toward academics but also toward those who really practice international law.