Filed Under: International Law

2 definitions found for this term.
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Where a treaty is concluded by signature, signing represents the state’s expression of consent to be bound by the treaty. Where a treaty is subject to ratification, signature expresses the state’s consent to the text and its intent to ratify the treaty later, but not its consent to be bound. A state that has signed a treaty which is subject to ratification is not obliged to ratify it, but must refrain from acts which would defeat the object and purpose of the treaty.


The act of signing a draft treaty text; may have differing legal effects, depending on the intent of the parties negotiating the treaty text, including authentication or the expression of consent to be bound.

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