Iceland’s Alleged Reservation to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty

Authors

  • Sigurjón Njarðarson
  • Bjarni Már Magnússon

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13177/irpa.a.2016.12.1.4

Keywords:

NATO, North Atlantic Treaty, international law, reservations.

Abstract

When Iceland became a party to NATO, the Icelandic government seems to have believed that it made a reservation to the core obligation of the North Atlantic Treaty – the “one for all and all for one” obligation — in a speech held during a dinner celebrating its signature. A few decades later, this belief prevails, to some extent, in Icelandic politics. This opinion has no substance in international law. As is discussed, the reservation does not conform to formal and substantive requirements that international law makes to reservations. Consequently, Iceland is bound by the North Atlantic Treaty in the same way as other member states.

Author Biographies

Sigurjón Njarðarson

ML-student, Reykjavík University.

Bjarni Már Magnússon

Lector Professor, Reykjavík University.

Published

2016-06-15

How to Cite

Njarðarson, S., & Magnússon, B. M. (2016). Iceland’s Alleged Reservation to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. Icelandic Review of Politics & Administration, 12(1), 67–80. https://doi.org/10.13177/irpa.a.2016.12.1.4

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Section

Peer Reviewed Articles