International Courts and Tribunals, Amicus Curiae
Philippe J Sands, Ruth Mackenzie
- Amicus curiae — 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 amicus curiae, or friend of the court, has been defined as ‘[a] person who is not a party to a lawsuit but who petitions the court or is requested by the court to file a brief in the action because that person has a strong interest in the subject matter’ ( BA Garner [ed] Black’s Law Dictionary [8 th ed Thomason West USA 2004] 93 ). In international proceedings in a case before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in 2006, it has been described as ‘an offer of assistance—an offer that the decision maker is free to accept or...