The President of the Bench
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paragraph 274 in volume 3, chapter 17, The Bench

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The President (the expression here including also the Acting President, that is a member of the Court other than the President who presides) exercises a series of major functions when he or she sits as a member of the bench, whether in the full Court or in a Chamber. Those functions are independent of the functions of the President as President of the Court itself (see chapter 6, § I.90). Article 45 of the Statute states the fundamental rule, namely that the hearing shall be under the control of the Preside…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The President of the Bench”, 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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