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

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Appraisal of the Electoral System
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paragraph 88 in volume 1, chapter 6, The Members of the Court

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Insistent and growing criticism is heard of the electoral system, on the ground that it neither protects the independence of the judges nor ensures the election of the best qualified candidates. The view has also been expressed that since 1951, and more especially since 1966, the elections have been conducted on the basis of a regional allocation of the seats on the Court according to some undisclosed understanding operative in the electoral bodies.1 The political factor becomes even more pronounced …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Appraisal of the Electoral System”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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