The Secretary-General
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paragraph 66 in volume 1, chapter 5, Advisory Opinions

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Article 7 of the Charter includes the Secretariat among the principal organs which it establishes. Chapter XV (Articles 97 to 101) of the Charter deals with the Secretariat. It comprises the Secretary-General and such staff as the Organization might require. The Charter designates the Secretary-General as ‘the chief administrative officer’ of the Organization (Article 97). The Secretariat differs from the other principal organs (except the Court) in that it is not composed of States.

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Secretary-General”, 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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