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Treaties in World Society: On Treaty-Making and Practices of Interpretation

The project identifies three, partly interrelated features of contemporary world society that challenge the proverbial contractual mechanism of the treaty: the institutional, the objective and the communal.

The research aims to address, in the context of these challenges, the roles of the treaty in international life, the technè of treaty making, and the operation as well as interpretation of treaties. 

Output (Selection)

C Brölmann

  • ‘The Law of Treaties Before Domestic Courts and Human Rights Bodies’, Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2017-41/ Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2017-27,  46 pp. (together with Christina Binder)

I Venzke

  • ‘From Public International to International Public Law: Translating World Public Opinion into International Public Authority’, 27 European Journal of International Law (2016) (together with Armin von Bogdandy and Matthias Goldmann)

Output in progress

C Brölmann

  • ‘Typologies and the “Essential Juridical Character” of Treaties’ in: M Bowman and D Kritsiotis (eds), Conceptual and Contextual Perspectives on the Modern Law of Treaties, Cambridge University Press 2018 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Specialized Rules of Treaty Interpretation: International Organizations’ (rev) in Duncan B. Hollis(ed), The Oxford Guide To Treaties (Second rev edition), Oxford University Press 2019 (forthcoming)
  • Het Nederlandse Verdragenrecht (“The Dutch Law of Treaties”) (forthcoming)

I Venzke

  • ‘The Practice of Interpretation in International Law: Strategies of Critique.’ In: International Legal Theory: Foundations and Frontiers (edited by Jeff Dunoff & Mark A. Pollack, 2019)


Since 2016


  • Catherine Brölmann
  • Ingo Venzke
mr. dr. C.M. (Catherine) Brölmann

Associate Professor

Prof. I. (Ingo) Venzke

Professor of International Law and Social Justice