Some remarks on the continuity of human rights and international humanitarian law treaties
The law of treaties beyond the Vienna convention
Several problems of state succession in respect of treaties have arisen under international law as a result of such fragmentation of, or separation from, state entities. Since the beginning of the last decade of the twentieth ventury, several international fora, including international courts and other international bodies, have given special consideration to the treatment of international obligations entered into by the predecessor state under human rights and humanitarian law treaties. In particular, they have expressed concern that such events might lead to a decrease in the existing level of adherence to these types of treaties and respect for the standards enshrined therein on the territory of the newly independent states. The need arose, therefore, to determine whether the people living in the successor states would continue to benefit from the protections afforded to them.