The Agent
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paragraph 277 in volume 3, chapter 18, The Representation of the Parties

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The person appointed to represent the government in contentious litigation before the International Court is designated ‘Agent’,1 following the traditional patterns of international arbitration:

Article 42 of the Statute is the major statement of principle regarding the representation of the parties.2 It reads:

The parties shall be represented by agents.

They [the parties - in French elles] may have the assistance of counsel or advocates before the Court.

The agents, counsel, and advoc…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Agent”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 17 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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