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The Rules of Interpretation of Customary International Law

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 759728

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 480 708

  • EU contribution

    € 1 480 708

Hosted by:

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

Objective

This ERC proposal revolves around the rules of interpretation of customary international law (CIL). CIL along with treaties are the rules most often used in international law. However, whereas rules of interpretation of treaties have been enshrined in Articles 31-33 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT), the rules of interpretation of CIL have not been the subject of critical study. This gap becomes even more pronounced if we consider that interpretation plays a key role in every judicial case, and that one of the basic markers of effectiveness of any legal system is its predictability. By not knowing the rules that govern the interpretation of CIL, we end up playing a ‘game’ the rules of which are unknown, and by consequence predictability is far from guaranteed.
Therefore the aim of this project is to determine the existence and to examine the content of the rules of interpretation of customary international law. It will: 1) prove the theoretical validity of CIL being open to interpretation; 2) induce the rules of interpretation of CIL and their content; 3) track the points of convergence/divergence and reasons thereof amongst rules of interpretation of CIL, treaties and unilateral acts as they evolve through time; and 4) create a set of articles/guidelines on the interpretation of CIL.
The results will influence the study and theory of CIL; will lead to a re-conceptualization of the theory of sources of international law; will spark a long overdue debate on the interaction between sources of international law; will further our understanding of the process of interpretation and of the basic precepts of the international legal system; and its findings will become the staple point of reference by any ‘user’ of international law.
Its ultimate outcomes will clarify the foundations of the international legal system, reduce normative conflict, and provide greater legal certainty and foreseeability in all international law-related interactions.
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Host institution

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Address

Broerstraat 5
9712cp Groningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 480 708

Beneficiaries (1)

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 480 708

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 759728

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 480 708

  • EU contribution

    € 1 480 708

Hosted by:

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands