The Convention

What does the Convention say?

You can access any article of the Convention and its commentary directly by choosing from the menu on the left.

The User’ Guide is organised in seven major parts, mapping the structure of the Convention itself:

Each provision of the Convention is examined under two headings; Commentary and Application. A detailed explanation of the nature and extent of the legal rights and obligations of each article is provided under the Commentary section. These sections include issues likely to emerge in the interpretation and practical application of the articles, coupled with examples of good state practice where relevant.

Each commentary is then followed by a section entitled ‘Application’, which provides hypothetical scenarios intended for users to gain a more extensive understanding of the practical application of each article.

Finally, each article is accompanied by a list of further readings selected for those users who wish to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of specific issues.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.


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