The Origins
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paragraph 190 in volume 2, chapter 12, The Compulsory Jurisdiction (Optional Clause)

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In 1920, the Committee of Jurists which prepared the Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice had proposed a system of true compulsory jurisdiction over legal disputes based on the unilateral application to the Court by the complainant State.1 However, this idea encountered strong opposition in the Council of the League of Nations, particularly from the great Powers of that period.2 The Council had envisaged a system for conferring jurisdiction on the …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Origins”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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