The Judgment: the Operative Provisions
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paragraph 374 in volume 3, chapter 27, The Decision

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The introductory formula of the operative clause (dispositif) performs the essential function of linking the operative clause to all that precedes, the summary of the proceedings, the submissions, the statement of the facts and the reasons in point of law. Each operative clause is introduced by a statement of the vote by which it was adopted, together with the indication of how each judge voted. If the decision contains more than one operative provision, the Court will, …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Judgment: the Operative Provisions”, 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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