The Special Agreement
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paragraph 175 in volume 2, chapter 11, Treaties and Conventions in Force

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The classic method by which the parties refer a case or matter to the Court is by a special agreement (compromis). This has its origin in international arbitration practice, where it is still the normal method of establishing arbitration proceedings.1 It is an agreement by which two or more States agree to refer a particular and defined case or matter to the Court for decision. The distinguishing feature of the special agreement as a title of jurisdiction is t…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Special Agreement”, 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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