Commentary on the Energy Charter Treaty
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Commentary on the Energy Charter Treaty

Edited by Rafael Leal-Arcas

The Commentary on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) provides a unique, article-by-article, textual analysis of this important international agreement. The ECT outlines a multilateral framework for cross-border cooperation in the energy sector based on the principles of open competitive markets and sustainable development.
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Leonardo Borlini and Marina Petri


This chapter is a synthetic commentary to Article 50 of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) comprising two sections, respectively covering its purpose and its content. The mentioned Article spells out which the authentic languages of the Treaty are. Accordingly, this commentary focuses on the interpretative implications of multi-lingual Treaties, in line with the relevant provisions included in the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties, thus framing Article 50 within the broader international law context in an evolutionary perspective.

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