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Shigeru Oda As Teacher-Publicist, Diplomat-Legal Negotiator, International Judge. Developing Acomprehensive Philosophy Of International Law And International Law-Making

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When Shigeru Oda was elected to the International Court of Justice in 1975, taking up his seat early in 1976, he was, at age fifty-one, the youngest member of a tribunal still being drawn mainly from Western and Western-derived cultures. The tribunal was composed of jurists substantially older than he was and with a range of expertise in legal learning and scientific-legal publication and also direct experience in diplomatic negotiation and often public life of considerable richness and variety. The conclusion, in the end, is that Oda, as with other mature jurists before him, develops his own distinctive philosophy of law in an intellectually eclectic way, borrowing from a number of different sources. Conceptual thinkers were becoming rare on the International Court by the end of Judge Oda's second mandate and even rarer during his third mandate.

Keywords: International Judge; Philosophy; Western-derived cultures



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