26. Interpreting treaties in the English courts.

26.     Interpreting treaties in the English courts.

The English courts interpret treaties, where called on to do so, in avowed accordance with the international rules of treaty interpretation1, with a view to ascertaining the single correct meaning of the text uncoloured by purely national legal considerations2. While prepared to adopt a purposive approach3, looking to the treaty's object and purpose4 and to a provision or term's rationale5, they emphasise the primacy of the ordinary meaning of the text6 considered in the context of the treaty as a whole7