The Compromissory Clause
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paragraph 176 in volume 2, chapter 11, Treaties and Conventions in Force

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The second method of conferring jurisdiction under a treaty in force is by a compromissory clause in a multilateral or bilateral treaty. The usual form of compromissory clause provides that any dispute relating to the interpretation or application of the treaty in question may be referred to the Court unilaterally by any party to the treaty.1 The clause itself, simultaneously regulating the jurisdiction and the method of seising the Court, is either embodied in the treaty …

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

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