The Role of the Secretary-General
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paragraph 413 in volume 3, chapter 30, Advisory Proceedings

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In advisory proceedings, the Secretary-General has come to occupy a special amicus curiae role, one that may in due course come to have a deeper significance for the future development of international judicial techniques.1 This development may be traced partly to the manner in which the Secretary-General has exercised the responsibility for the files of documents transmitted to the Court with the request. However, the Secretary-General has not always been cont…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Role of the Secretary-General”, 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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