Keywords: Rules of Interpretation – Codification – Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties – International Law – International Law Commission.
The idea of the paper is to tackling the issue of the interpretation of international law
by relating it to the very nature of international law. The question from which this
paper takes its cue concerns the choices made by the international community, in the
guise of the International Law Commission, in codifying, in the Vienna Convention
on the Law of Treaties of 1969, the so-called rules of interpretation. In public international
law, the outcome of the codification of these rules cannot be considered to be a
“failureµ as in other legal orders. The “successµ of the codification of the rules of interpretation
relating to international law can provide us with answers to the question on
the nature of the international order as such.