3.01 This chapter studies the application by FIATs of each provision of the ‘general rule’ of interpretation contained in Article 31 of the Vienna Convention. Following a general introduction in Section A, Section B proceeds to examine FIAT treaty interpretation practice relating to good faith, ordinary meaning, context, and object and purpose—the four main criteria contained in the all-important first paragraph of Article 31. Section C deals with FIAT practice in relation to Article 31(2), which provides an elaboration of ‘context’ in treaty interpretation....
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