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VII The Post-Adjudicative Stage, 16 Interpretation and Revision of Judgments

From: The International Court of Justice

Hugh Thirlway

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 January 2021

Interpretation of judgments — Revision of judgments

This chapter lays out the requirements for the interpretation and revision of judgments. Only judgments are subject to interpretation: this follows from (or is at least implied by) the mention of interpretation immediately after the mention of the binding force of a judgment. The chapter explores the problems and stipulations associated with this precondition, such as the binding force of Orders. Revisions of judgments, however, are a process whereby the Court can be made aware of a relevant fact that was not then known to it, and can, if necessary, modify its decision. It is not a procedure for the correction of a mistake allegedly made by the Court on the basis of the material that was before it when it gave the judgment.

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