Abstract Question
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paragraph 244A in volume 2, chapter 15, Advisory Jurisdiction

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The Court has also emphasized that since it can answer any legal question put to it by the General Assembly its determination, by the process of interpretation, that it was asked an abstract question does not lead to the conclusion that it may not answer the question. The Court has indicated very clearly that the fact that the question does not relate to a specific dispute should not lead the Court to decline to give the opinion requested.1 This concept of ‘abstract’ as applied to the interpretation of a tr…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Abstract Question”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-5992_rose_COM_0244A>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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