The jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’ or ‘the Court’) to hear disputes under a compromissory clause is limited to the parties having ratified or acceded1 (to) the treaty which contains that clause. The treaty must be in force and the compromissory clause must not be stymied by a reservation excluding the competence of the Court. Hence, the competence of the Court under the compromissory clause is purely inter partes: it is a web of jurisdiction for all the parties having subjected themselves to the treaty and to the clause. Furthermore, the...
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