The Solemn Declaration of a Member of the Court
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paragraph 89 in volume 1, chapter 6, The Members of the Court

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Before taking up duties, Article 20 of the Statute and Article 4 of the Rules require every member of the Court to make a solemn declaration in open Court in the following terms:

I solemnly declare that I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as a judge honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously.1

This declaration is normally made at the first public sitting of the Court at which the member is present after the election, in the case of the members of the Court, …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Solemn Declaration of a Member of the Court”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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