62. Public property.

Since rights in property are a question of municipal law, and since international law cannot of itself have direct effect in municipal law1, state succession cannot of itself extinguish the title of the government of a continuing predecessor state to public property situate within or outside the territory concerned or vest title to the same in the government of a successor state2. At the same time, customary international law does not prohibit a successor state from extinguishing without compensation the title of the government of a continuing predecessor state to at least immovable public property within the successor state's