Critique of Statements of Law
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paragraph 384 in volume 3, chapter 27, The Decision

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In appearance and in their general structure the judgments and advisory opinions of the present Court are generally unchanged from those of the Permanent Court. Nevertheless, a gradual evolution in their substance, originating already in the days of the Permanent Court, can be discerned. Even then signs could be seen of a tendency towards ellipsis in the reasons in point of law, reflecting the absence of homogeneity among the members of…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “Critique of Statements of Law”, 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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