1 The concept of judicial propriety concerns a situation where an international court, in order to remain true to its judicial function, is prevented from proceeding to the merits of a case, even though it has jurisdiction to do this, because of the circumstances surrounding the case. These circumstances cannot be defined in advance. Accordingly, the concept of judicial propriety relates to preliminary issues or preliminary objections which an international court should either examine proprio motu, or at the request of a person or entity which has locus standi to...
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