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paragraph 275 in volume 3, chapter 17, The Bench

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Under Article 30 of the Statute of the Permanent Court, that Court was empowered to appoint assessors only in connection with proceedings held before the special Chambers. In 1945 the Statute was revised and Article 30, paragraph 2, now empowers the Court to provide in its Rules for assessors to sit with the Court or with any of its Chambers, without the right to vote.1 By Article 9 of the Rules, the right to appoint assessors to sit with the Court without the right to vote is given to the Court acting proprio motu or on a request made not later than the end of the written proceedings. This applies in both contentious and advisory proceedings. When the Court so decides, the President is to take steps to obtain all the information relevant to the choice of the assessors,2 who will be appointed by secret ballot and by an absolute majority of votes of the judges composing the Court for the case (the Bench).3 By Article 9, paragraph 5, of the Rules, before entering upon their duties the assessors have to make a solemn declaration in the terms prescribed at a public s…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Assessors”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 21 September 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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