Readership: Academics, scholars, and advanced students of international law and international relations. Also practising lawyers, legal advisers, judges, arbitrators, diplomats, legislators, and administrators.
Richard Gardiner, Visiting Professer, University College London
"Gardiner has structured his material in a lucid and intelligble manner...the book reads well, is informative and rich in useful material, and manages to tackle an issue that, at least to this reviewer, seems tremendously difficult, if not terrifying: that of intelligibly interpreting the rules on treaty interpretation. It should be of good use to advanced students and practitioners alike." - Antonios Tzanakopoulos, German Yearbook of International Law 2010.
Review(s) from previous edition"'Treaty interpretation is analysed in the wider context of the law of treaties, of which Gardiner has unparalleled knowledge. It is very rarely that the whole subject of treaty interpretation is dealt with in such detail in one study, and the achievement of the author is therefore even more significant...The book will undoubtedly become a classic study on the interpretation of treaties - of great use to both practitioners and academics.' - Malgosia Fitzmaurice, European Journal of International Law 2009
Part I - Overview, History, Materials, and Dramatis Personae
1: A Single Set of Rules of Interpretation
2: Development of Rules of Interpretation
3: Interpretative Material Generated in Making Treaties
4: Who Uses the Vienna Convention to Interpret Treaties?
Part II - Interpretation Applying the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
5: The General Rule: (1) The Treaty, its Terms, and their Ordinary Meaning
6: The General Rule: (2) Agreements as Context, Subsequent Agreements, and Subsequent Practice
7: The General Rule: (3) Relevant Rules of International Law and Special Meanings
8: Supplementary Means of Interpretation