The Non Ultra Petita Rule
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paragraph 160 in volume 2, chapter 9, Jurisdiction and Admissibility: General Concepts

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The non ultra petita rule supplies a possible limiting feature on the general scope of the Court’s final decision. In essence it prevents the Court from awarding to the winning party more than it requested in its formal submissions.

The Corfu Channel (Compensation) case is an illustration of how this operates with regard to the assessment of compensation. The total claim by the United Kingdom was for £ 843,947, made up as follows:

In respect of H.M.S. Saumarez £ 700,087

In respect of…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Non Ultra Petita Rule”, 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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