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The Survival of the Secret Treaty: Publicity, Secrecy, and Legality in the International Order

Donaldson, M; (2017) The Survival of the Secret Treaty: Publicity, Secrecy, and Legality in the International Order. American Journal of International Law , 111 (3) pp. 575-627. 10.1017/ajil.2017.60. Green open access

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Abstract

This article offers the first detailed history of the norm of treaty publication as it has evolved over the last century. Drawing on both public debates and archives of foreign ministries, it traces how, and why, secret treaties have persisted, even in liberal democracies. It challenges assumptions of ever-greater transparency over time, and complicates the associations made—by interwar reformers and international lawyers today—between the norm of treaty publication and ideals of legality in the international order.

Type: Article
Title: The Survival of the Secret Treaty: Publicity, Secrecy, and Legality in the International Order
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/ajil.2017.60
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/ajil.2017.60
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081527
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