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The International Legal Consultancy of Governments from the outside

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Whilst the International Legal Advisers of Governments from the inside, normally included in the different Ministries of Foreign Affairs, have been the object of a recurring, and well deserved, doctrinal attention, this same Consultancy practised from the outside by independent professionals has been generally ignored, except for the relative interest awakened by counsels and lawyers of the States parties in cases before the ICJ. An explanation for this can be surmised. Firstly, the external consultancy lacks the institutional profile of the internal consultancy. In second place, professors, who usually play a leading part in external counsel, prefer talking about their scientific work rather than giving clues as to the influence their consultant and extra-academic activity has had on it.

Keywords: governments; International Court of Justice (ICJ); international legal consultancy



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