The Relations of the Litigating States
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paragraph 299 in volume 3, chapter 19, The Institution of Contentious Proceedings

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What is the effect of the institution of proceedings upon the mutual relations of the litigating States, as far as that particular case is concerned?

An interesting feature of the practice of the Court - and one in accord with the fundamental principle of equality of States - is the tendency on the part of the Court not to push to extremes any idea that the States are in some sort of general plaintiff/defendant or applicant/respondent…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Relations of the Litigating States”, 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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