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Consent To Be Bound - A Treaty Expressed Accession

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Article 15 of the Law of Treaties, discussed at the 1969 Vienna Convention, deals with accession as one of various means of expressing consent to be bound by a treaty. Through accession a State which was not a negotiating State may become a party to a treaty already negotiated and signed by other States; or a negotiating State may become a party if it was unable to sign the treaty. Article 15 mentions three different circumstances in which a State may express its consent to be bound by a treaty by accession,18 namely, when the treaty so provides by means of an accession clause; when it is otherwise established that the negotiating States were so agreed; and when all the parties have subsequently agreed to admit its accession.

Keywords: 1969 Vienna Convention; accession; international treaty law; Law of Treaties; negotiating State



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