The Attitudes of States: The Marxist-Socialist Attitude
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paragraph 37 in volume 1, chapter 3, The Political and the Institutional Role of the Court

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The dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has not as such removed the legal culture of the Marxist-Socialist world, which has impressed its stamp on the International Court and its activities and to that extent the following comments remain apposite.

In Marxist-Socialist legal theory, as reflected above all in the position taken by the former Soviet Union, the dichotomy between justiciable and non-justiciable disputes was raised …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Attitudes of States: The Marxist-Socialist Attitude”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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