Form of Declaration
(515 words)

paragraph 197 in volume 2, chapter 12, The Compulsory Jurisdiction (Optional Clause)

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No conditions of language or form are prescribed for declarations accepting the compulsory jurisdiction.1 As the Court has explained, the emphasis is placed on intention, and a State wishing to accept the compulsory jurisdiction is free to choose any form provided its intention clearly results from it.

The only formality required [in the case of an acceptance of the compulsory jurisdiction] is the deposit of the acceptance with the Secretary-General of …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Form of Declaration”, 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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