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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Courts and Tribunals, Amicus Curiae

Philippe J Sands, Ruth Mackenzie

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 12 December 2018

Subject(s):
Amicus curiae — Practice and procedure of international organizations

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 An amicus curiae, or friend of the court, has been defined as ‘[a] person who is not a party to a lawsuit but who petitions the court or is requested by the court to file a brief in the action because that person has a strong interest in the subject matter’ ( BA Garner [ed] Black’s Law Dictionary [8 th ed Thomason West USA 2004] 93 ). In international proceedings in a case before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in 2006, it has been described as ‘an offer of assistance—an offer that the decision maker is free to accept or...
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