The Meaning of Jurisdiction
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paragraph 149 in volume 2, chapter 9, Jurisdiction and Admissibility: General Concepts

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In contentious cases before the International Court the distinction sometimes encountered in internal law between jurisdiction and competence as independent concepts is of little practical relevance. To some extent, indeed, the Charter and Statute appear to use the words interchangeably or at least without any precise meaning.1 Little guidance can therefore be obtained from those sources. It is more likely that the correct interpretation of the words…

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

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