Reinvigorating the Advisory Competence
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paragraph 75A in volume 1, chapter 5, Advisory Opinions

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At the 59th session of the General Assembly (2004), the President of the Court, Judge Shi, made an important statement to the Sixth Committee.1 Most of that statement was devoted to what the President termed ‘the Court’s generally less known but nonetheless extremely important advisory function, which was underutilized but could be an extremely valuable tool for United Nations bodies’. After describing the origins of the Court’s advisory function in Article 14 of the Covenant of the League of Natio…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Reinvigorating the Advisory Competence”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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