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Acceptance Of And Objections To Reservations

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Article 20 deals with acceptance of and objections to reservations. To accept a reservation is to agree with its content, to object is to disapprove of it. Article 20 relates to permitted reservations, whereas Article 19 relates to prohibited reservations. Paragraph 1 concerns the situation, which is expressly authorised by the treaty. Paragraph 2 concerns the situation where a reservation requires acceptance by all parties. The situation in paragraph 3 pertains to treaties, which are constituent instruments of an international organizations ie as a rule their constitutions. Paragraph 4 provides the general rules concerning acceptance of and objections to reservations to a treaty where the specific rules of paragraphs 1-3 do not apply. Tacit acceptance, the subject matter of paragraph 5 says that the reservation is accepted by a State if it does not object to it by the end of twelve months after it was notified of the reservation.

Keywords: Article 19; Article 20; reservations; Tacit Acceptance; treaty



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