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paragraph 76 in volume 1, chapter 6, The Members of the Court

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Article 3 of the Statute provides that the Court shall consist of fifteen members, no two of whom may be nationals of the same State.1

The composition of the membership in the Court corresponds to the nature of the Court’s function as part of the general diplomatic machinery at the disposal of States. On the one hand, the system of nomination and election of the members of the Court is designed to reflect political considerations, a general objective whi…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Introductory”, 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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