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The Application of the Rules
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paragraph 361 in volume 3, chapter 26, Intervention by Third States

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The Court has been able to give several interpretations of these new provisions, and these can be presented schematically.

Article 81

With regard to Article 81, paragraph 1, the Court has been called upon to examine the words ‘as soon as possible, and not later than the closure of the written proceedings’, and the apparent contradiction between the two parts of that phrase. In connection with the application of Italy to intervene in the Libya/Malta Continental Shelf case, the Court noted that the …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Application of the Rules”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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