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Joint Research Project on Treaty Law and Practice



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The British Institute of International & Comparative Law is collaborating with the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore (CIL), on a project to deliver research and training on treaty law and practice. Jointly supervised by Jill Barrett, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at the Institute, and Professor Robert Beckman, Director of CIL, the project focuses on the operational aspects of treaty practice which comprise the daily work inside treaty offices all over the world.

Two outputs of this project are now available online:

Report of International Workshop on Treaty Law and Practice

The project began with an International Workshop on Treaty Law and Practice for government and secretariat officials from the Southeast Asian region, which took place in Singapore in January 2012. This Workshop report provides a summary of the proceedings at the Workshop, an analysis of the key issues arising and a set of recommendations designed to improve treaty practices in the region.

An Executive Summary of the report is available here
The full report (80 pages) is available here.

Compilation of Constitutional and Legislative Provisions on Treaty Practice of Selected States and International Organisations

A New Online Resource

This Compilation covers all ASEAN member States and ASEAN itself, as well as selected other States and international organisations. It is available here and on the website of CIL at: www.cil.nus.edu.sg. This Compilation, originally produced by the Institute and CIL as a handbook of reference material for participants at the Singapore Workshop, is presented here as an online resource, which we hope will provide a useful research tool for users and scholars of treaty practice worldwide.

Further work

The two organisations are working together to publish a book on treaty practice for a broad readership worldwide for governments, international organisations and beyond. Further regional workshops are also planned.
More information about the project is here.

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