Why does the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice provide for withdrawal from the regime thereby conveying a perception of political convenience and impermanence?
It is a rule of international law that treaties must be observed in good faith (pacta sunt servanda). However, in exceptional cases, such as a fundamental change of circumstances (rebus sic stantibus), a State may, as an attribute to sovereignty and in the national interest, withdraw from a treaty regime with the consent of either contracting parties if no withdrawal permission is set out in the relevant instruments subject to of course, to the engagement of any international responsibility that may be involved. To withdraw from the CCJ, a country must give five years notice and does not escape its financial obligations.
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