The Secrecy of the Deliberations
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paragraph 371 in volume 3, chapter 27, The Decision

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The rule of Article 54, paragraph 3, of the Statute, that the deliberations take place in private and remain secret, is very strictly observed. In 1940 the Registry of the Permanent Court burnt all the notes of the members of the Permanent Court.1 Before the reading in public session of the order indicating provisional measures in the Nuclear Tests case (Australia v France) on 22 June 1973, statements appeared in the Australian press as to the probable decision of the Court, including in particul…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Secrecy of the Deliberations”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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