The Seising of the Court
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paragraph 287 in volume 3, chapter 19, The Institution of Contentious Proceedings

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The document seising the Court and in that way instituting contentious proceedings is the interface between the political or diplomatic difference and the depoliticized dispute between two or more States which is brought before the Court for settlement in application of international law through judicial techniques. It formulates the dispute in concrete terms. Seising the Court of a dispute is a diplomatic ac…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Seising of the Court”, 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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