1 An advisory opinion is a judicial opinion, most frequently given by a standing international tribunal (International Court of Justice [ICJ]; Permanent Court of International Justice [PCIJ]) on a legal question which is frequently, but need not be, related to a current international dispute. In the case of standing tribunals, their statutes provide for such opinions to be given at the request of a defined class of international bodies rather than of States. An essential characteristic of advisory opinions is, as the term implies, that they constitute advice, ie...
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