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The World Court: The Bulwark of International Justice

Hamid, Abdul Ghafur@Khin Maung Sein (2011) The World Court: The Bulwark of International Justice. In: International dispute resolution mechanisms. IIUM Press, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 109-140. ISBN 978-967-0225-42-5

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Abstract

It has been argued that due to the emergence in recent time of other international courts and tribunals, such as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the significance of the International Court of Justice has been reduced. Nevertheless, since the newer courts and tribunals are all rather specialized, the International Court of Justice is still the only court with general competence in the sense that disputes relating to any aspect of international law may be brought before it. Thus the fact of the Court’s existence, together with a simple procedure for establishing its jurisdiction, continues to give a prominence to adjudication in the international field. There have been suggestions to broaden the field of application of the Court’s advisory jurisdiction and to empower the Secretary-General on his own initiative to request advisory opinions. Such proposals deserve serious consideration. Fuller utilization of the Court in general and of its advisory jurisdiction in particular may greatly contribute to the development of international law as well as clarification of rules of international law that are controversial.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 3163/15502
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghafur Hamid
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2012 16:13
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2013 07:28
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/15502

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