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This chapter discusses about a person considered as representing a state for the purpose of adopting or authenticating the text of a treaty or for the purpose of expressing the consent of the state to be bound by a treaty if: (a) the person produces appropriate full powers; or (b) it appears from the practice of the states concerned or from other circumstances that their intention was to consider that person as representing the state for such purposes and to dispense with full powers. The full powers took the form of comprehensive documents defining the agent's authority. The form and language were of fundamental importance since a sovereign could only refuse to ratify a treaty concluded by his agent if the latter exceeded his authority. Article 7 relates, not to the initial stages of treaty making, but to the steps taken in connection with the conclusion of a treaty.

Keywords: authority; powers; sovereign; treaty



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