1 Time is at the heart of any legal proceeding. On some occasions, the mere passage of time can have very damaging consequences for a pending case. A late decision can render a claim moot. Therefore, in order to mitigate the inconvenience of an inherently slow judicial system, a judge or arbitrator must have the means to cope with situations of urgency. He must be able to provide a useful response to situations that could not be dealt with in the ordinary course of the proceedings without causing serious prejudice. 2 To varying degrees, all international courts...
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