The Court’S Decision-Making
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paragraph 368 in volume 3, chapter 27, The Decision

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Every decision of the Court - judicial and administrative - requires a quorum of nine elected members of the Court and a simple majority of judges present. In judicial matters, no abstentions are allowed. In the event of an equality of votes, the President (of the bench in judicial matters) has a casting vote.1 In the chambers a simple majority is also sufficient, although there is no provision in the Statute or the Rules of Court regulating this.

Articles 54 to 58 of the Statute together with Articles 94, 95 (ju…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Court’S Decision-Making”, 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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