The Succession of New States to Multilateral Treaties


  • Okon Udokang B.A. (California State College), M.A. (Howard University), Ph.D. (University of Alberta)



Based on historical data, the author enunciates as a general theme that there is a clear tendency for new States to acknowledge the continuity of Multilateral Conventions of economic, administrative, and humanitarian importance. Alternative theories of succession, namely the cleanslate theory, the contract theory, and the legislative theory are examined by the author by way of introduction. The practice of new States regarding succession to Multilateral Conventions as well as Treaties, of which the Secretary-General of the United Nations is depository, is discussed by the author. Dr. Udokang analyzes the new State's practices by referring to certain international organizations, notably, the International Labor Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as well as some less well known Conventions. Throughout, the author attempts to show to what extent economic, political and
strategic considerations may influence a State's attitude and ultimate action regarding succession to a Multilateral Convention.