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Functions Of Depositaries

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Article 77 provides an onerous task for the depositary. Upon receipt of the document, the depositary shall examine whether the signature or any instrument, notification or communication relating to the treaty is in due and proper form and, if need be, bring the matter to the attention of the State in question. The depositary shall perform the functions specified in other provisions of the Convention. In the event of any difference appearing between a state and the depositary, the depositary shall bring the question to the attention of the signatory States and the contracting States or, where appropriate, of the competent organ of the international organization concerned. Article 77 provides a detailed and technical, though nevertheless convenient list of the main functions of a depositary relating to the conclusion and entry into force of treaties as established in international practice. Even inexperienced depositaries can orientate themselves easily.

Keywords: Article 77; Convention; depositaries; functions; State



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