The Political and the Legal in the Settlement of Disputes
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paragraph 1 in volume 1, chapter 1, Introduction

Commenting during the Second World War on previous experience of international adjudication, Judge Hudson noted that in the main the scope of the judicial process in international affairs had been confined to disputes that had not commanded the first attention of politicians and had not engrossed the public mind. He doubted whether the Permanent Court of International Justice had fulfilled a role as a ‘great bulwark of peace’ - few of the cases brought before it for judgment becoming the subject of a general popular interest.

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Political and the Legal in the Settlement of Disputes”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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