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6 The Members of the Court

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The composition of the membership in the Court corresponds to the nature of the Court's function as part of the general diplomatic machinery at the disposal of States. The expression "The Court" has two meanings. One is the collectivity of the fifteen members elected in accordance with the Statute. The second is the collectivity of judges who hear a case or a phase of a case, also termed the Bench. This chapter is concerned with the members of the Court elected in accordance with the Statute. The Statute also envisages the constitution of smaller collectivities of members of the Court for certain purposes. These are designated Chambers. Here too there is a distinction between a chamber as such, and the bench for a particular case.

Keywords: international court; Statute of the PermanentCourt



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