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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Courts and Tribunals, Discontinuance of Cases

Sir Michael Wood

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2019

International organizations, practice and procedure — Settlement & discontinuance of cases

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Proceedings before international courts and tribunals may terminate before a final decision on the merits in various ways. In particular, proceedings may be terminated on the initiative of the applicant or the parties jointly, or proprio motu by the court or tribunal. The former is the more common route, and is usually what is meant by discontinuance. Termination by the court or tribunal proprio motu happens only in very occasional circumstances ( International Courts and Tribunals, Procedure ). The present entry does not deal with termination following regular...
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