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

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The Political Function of Judicial Settlement
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paragraph 33 in volume 1, chapter 3, The Political and the Institutional Role of the Court

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The decision of 1945 to establish the Court as a principal organ of the United Nations under a Statute to which all members of the United Nations would ipso facto be parties, and not to perpetuate the looser relationship which had subsisted between the Permanent Court and the League of Nations, was the most important innovation made by the founders of the United Nations in regard to the Court. That decision represented much more than mere administrative a…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Political Function of Judicial Settlement”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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