Confidentiality of Written Pleadings
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paragraph 311 in volume 3, chapter 20, The Written Proceedings and Related Matters

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In principle the documents of the written proceedings are treated as confidential so long as the case is pending and the Court does not make them available to other States, to the general public, or to any other person.1 This is subject to Article 53 of the Rules which provides:

The Court, or the President if the Court is not sitting, may at any time decide, after ascertaining the views of the parties, that copies of the pleadings and documents annexed shal…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Confidentiality of Written Pleadings”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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