Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015

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The Problem of Imbalance
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paragraph 270 in volume 3, chapter 17, The Bench

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The question of imbalance in the composition of the Court arose in the Permanent Court in contentious cases in which several States combined to appear as one party, under the designation of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers.1 The question also arose in one advisory case.2 There was a national of each one of those States among the members of the Permanent Court. This created an imbalance which was noted by Judge Pessôa in connection with the revision of the Rules of Court in 1926.3 An authoritative commentary on t…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Problem of Imbalance”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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