Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Uncertainty, Context, and the Duration of International Agreements

Why are some international agreements set up to operate indefinitely while others are of limited duration? This paper argues that "institutional context" — the existing legal and institutional environment in which states negotiate international agreements — is a significant determinant of states' choices about the duration of international cooperation.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2007-036
  • Author(s): Mark S. Copelovitch and Tonya L. Putnam