An Historical Appreciation
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paragraph 4 in volume 1, chapter 1, Introduction

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For systematic presentation, the histories of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the present International Court of Justice - often loosely called The World Court - are put together. From that perspective, their joint history can be placed into five periods.

The first, the formative period, ran from 1922 to 1931, when it came to a brutal finish with the controversial advisory opinion on the Customs Régime between Germany and Austria (1931).1 That was widely believed to have been motivated to an exces…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “An Historical Appreciation”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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