Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures: Precedent in the World Court Series Number 13

Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures: Precedent in the World Court Series Number 13

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Decisions of the International Court of Justice are almost as replete with references to precedent as are decisions of a common law court. Even though previous decisions are not binding, the Court relies upon them as authoritative expressions of its views on decided points of law. In his book, the distinguished international lawyer Judge Shahabuddeen examines various aspects of this phenomenon. He shows the extent to which the Court is guided by its previous decisions, and discusses the way in which parties to cases are themselves guided by decisions of the Court in framing and presenting their cases. He also traces the possibilities for future development of the system. Judge Shahabuddeen's analysis of the Court is a major contribution to this important subject.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 23mm | 545g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521563100
  • 9780521563109

Table of contents

Foreword; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The growth of the Court's case law; 3. Range of precedential resources; 4. The bases of the system; 5. The Advisory Committee of Jurists; 6. The view taken by the League of Nations; 7. The possibility of judge-made international law; 8. Stare decisis; 9. Distinguishing; 10. Departing from a previous decision; 11. Ratio decidendi and obiter dictum; 12. Advisory opinions and decisions of chambers; 13. The precedential impact of individual opinions; 14. Effect and scope of the Court's case law; 15. Conclusion; Index.
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Review quote

"This book was writtern by an eminent author who was for nine years a judge at the International Court of Justice (and is now a member of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia). The experience gained in that position, a solid knowledge of the entire case law of the present Court as well as its predecessor, the Permanent Court of International Justice, and a keen interest in theoretical problems have together contributed to an excellent work....The author's discussion goes well beyond the narrow question of the legal relevance of precedents. Many related problems are thoughtfully considered." Peter H. F. Bekker, The American Journal of International Law
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