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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Judgments of International Courts and Tribunals, Interpretation of

Karin Oellers-Frahm

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 January 2021

Interpretation of judgments — International organizations, practice and procedure

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 According to a general principle, judgments of international courts and tribunals are final and without appeal unless otherwise provided (International Courts and Tribunals, Appeals). Judgments are binding upon the parties to the dispute and generate the res iudicata effect of the decision, one of the most essential and settled rules of the law of international tribunals. With a view to these principles, interpretation of a judgment cannot extend beyond what has been already decided in the original judgment. Thus, interpretation procedures may neither be used to...
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