The Judgment
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paragraph 373 in volume 3, chapter 27, The Decision

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A judgment of the International Court contains the following separate components, the total comprising a unity. It commences with a title1and a head note, indicating, as in an English law report, the main issues discussed in the judgment and the composition of the body that delivered it. These are followed by the summary of the proceedings (the qualités), including the submissions of the parties. Frequently overlooked, this is an essential element, since it places what follows in context and …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Judgment”, 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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