The Frequency of Elections
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paragraph 78 in volume 1, chapter 6, The Members of the Court

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The Informal Inter-Allied Committee expressed itself as unfavourable to the retention of the system by which the whole Court went out of office simultaneously every nine years. In the Committee’s view, that was liable to lead to a complete break in the continuity and traditions of the Court unless a considerable number of the retiring judges were to be re-elected. It therefore recommended that while retaining the nine-year term o…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Frequency of Elections”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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