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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Advisory Opinions

Hugh Thirlway

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 August 2020

Advisory opinions — International organizations, practice and procedure

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

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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