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I The Court, 2 Composition of the Court and Role of the Registry

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

Judges — Registry — International courts and tribunals, procedure

This chapter lays out the roles of the persons comprising the Court. The Court consists of fifteen judges, elected by the Security Council and the General Assembly, in separate elections, for terms of nine years. The chapter first defines the functions of the judges of the Court as well as the particular contentions surrounding the title of the judge ad hoc. Next, the chapter looks into the chambers formed by the Court for dealing with particular categories or even specific cases, the latter usually upon request of the parties. Further positions within the Court are discussed, particularly the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of the Court, which directs the Court’s administrative work. Finally the chapter sets out the duties and tasks of the Registrar, noting in particular the position’s unique functions in relation to the staff of the United Nations.

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