The Attitudes of States: The Western Attitude
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paragraph 36 in volume 1, chapter 3, The Political and the Institutional Role of the Court

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Whatever historical factors encouraged the development of the cause of international judicial settlement in Western political thought, and whatever concrete experiences moulded its growth in the different areas of Western civilization, the United States of America holds the predominant position in this group today. Yet while it is difficult to find any rival to the United States in taking the initiative t…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Attitudes of States: The Western Attitude”, 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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