The early United Nations advisory opinions (1948-62)

Thomas Grant, Rowan Nicholson

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FITZMAURICE, WRITING IN 1952, observed that the advisory practice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was rather sparse.¹ Though the Court would remain less active in this regard than its predecessor, the Permanent Court of International Justice, it was by no means dormant. By 1962, the Court had received 12 advisory requests and delivered 13 advisory opinions. The jurisprudence that took shape during this period helped consolidate a particular conception of the international community, both as organised around a central institution—the United Nations (UN)—and as expressed through law-making performed by states in multilateral treaties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandmark Cases in Public International Law
EditorsEirik Bjorge, Cameron Miles
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherHart Publishing
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781509918782, 9781509918799
ISBN (Print)9781849467889
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • United Nations
  • International Court of Justice
  • Jurisprudence


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