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

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The Interest of the Applicant State
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paragraph 292 in volume 3, chapter 19, The Institution of Contentious Proceedings

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Neither the Statute nor the Rules require that the applicant State show that it has brought the proceedings in order to protect a legal interest. It is sometimes argued that because Article 62 of the Statute permits discretionary intervention only in cases where a State considers that it has an interest of a legal nature which may be affected by the decision in the case, therefore, and a fortiori, an action can only be brought to protect such an interest.1 If no specific reference appear…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Interest of the Applicant State”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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