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3 The General Rule of Treaty Interpretation

From: Treaty Interpretation in Investment Arbitration

J. Romesh Weeramantry

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 May 2024

Arbitral tribunals — Awards
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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