The Title of the Case
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paragraph 296 in volume 3, chapter 19, The Institution of Contentious Proceedings

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After the institution of the proceedings, the case is given a title. If the parties have not supplied a title, this can be a delicate matter. The title is chosen to indicate what the case is about. It should be neutral and not prejudge either side, and be reasonably similar in English and French.1 It should indicate whether the case is contentious or advisory. The official title includes the parties’ names, but these are frequently dropped in citations and in the litera…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Title of the Case”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 18 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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