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

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The Written Pleadings
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paragraph 303 in volume 3, chapter 20, The Written Proceedings and Related Matters

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Article 43 of the Statute is categorical in requiring that the procedure in a contentious case before the full Court shall consist of two parts, written and oral.1 Article 43, paragraphs 1 to 4, provides:

The procedure shall consist of two parts: written and oral.
The written proceedings shall consist of the communication to the Court and to the parties of memorials, counter-memorials and, if necessary, replies; also all papers and documents in support.
These communications sh…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Written Pleadings”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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