The Principal Organs: the Security Council
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paragraph 63 in volume 1, chapter 5, Advisory Opinions

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Observations similar to those made regarding the General Assembly are appropriate in relation to the vote in the Security Council, with the substitution of Article 27 of the Charter for Article 18. All decisions of the Security Council require at least nine (before 1963, seven) favourable votes, and decisions on all matters other than procedural matters require the concurring votes of the permanent members (meaning no negative votes, the veto), subject to the provision …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Principal Organs: the Security Council”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 17 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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