Foley Hoag Attorneys Serve as Editors, Contributors to New Volume on Canons of Interpretation in Public International Law

December 18, 2018

Foley Hoag attorneys Joseph Klingler, Yuri Parkhomenko, Constantinos Salonidis, Pierre d'Argent and Peter Tzeng have served as editors of and contributors to Between the Lines of the Vienna Convention? Canons and Other Principles of Interpretation in Public International Law, a definitive resource for public international lawyers, judges and arbitrators. 

Klingler, Parkhomenko and Salonidis edited this volume, which has been published by Kluwer Law International B.V. It represents the first modern, freestanding compilation of analyses of canons and principles of interpretations not expressly codified in the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT), but arguably read “between the lines.”

In addition to serving as an editor, Klingler wrote a chapter on “Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius” (the expression of one thing is the exclusion of the other), where he discusses a typology of uses, including applications and rejections of the canon and factors pertinent to its relevance in a particular case.

Other chapters by Foley Hoag attorneys include d'Argent’s “Contra Proferentem,” an overview of the "interpretation against the draftsman" doctrine and a survey of case law relating to the application of contra proferentem to instruments governed by international law prior to the VCLT and after it; and Tzeng's examination of "The Principles of Contemporaneous and Evolutionary Interpretation," and how their application can lead to very different interpretations of the same term in a treaty.

Klingler, Parkhomenko, Salonidis, d'Argent and Tzeng are members of Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration practice.

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