Reception of Advisory Opinions by the General Assembly
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paragraph 62 in volume 1, chapter 5, Advisory Opinions

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The Court transmits the advisory opinions to the Secretary-General of the United Nations or the corresponding officer of the requesting organization. The internal practice of the organization that requested the opinion governs the action following receipt of the opinion. This practice emphasizes the non-binding nature of an advisory opinion, for even the requesting body is not obliged to accept the Court’s answer. An advisory opinion…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Reception of Advisory Opinions by the General Assembly”, 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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