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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Judgments of International Courts and Tribunals, Revision of

Karin Oellers-Frahm

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 September 2019

Subject(s):
Revision of judgments — 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 Judgments of international courts and tribunals are, as a rule, final and without appeal and thus gain res iudicata effect when delivered. This fact contributes to ensuring the stability of international legal relations. However, there may be special situations where justice has to prevail over the principle of res iudicata allowing for review of a judgment. Such situation arises when a fact which would have been decisive for the judgment, but was not known when the judgment was delivered, is later discovered. Thus, in contrast to the interpretation of...
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