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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Urgency: International Adjudication

Guillaume Le Floch

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 October 2023

Case management — Expedited procedure — Interim and provisional measures — Prompt release — Arbitration

Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

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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