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The Registrar of the International Court of Justice: Status and Functions

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The Statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is an integral part of the UN Charter, contains various provisions concerning the Registrar of the Court and his office. The term of office of the Registrar, fixed at seven years, together with the provision for him to be re-elected, illustrates the desire of the Court to give stability to that office. The procès-verbaux of 1922 indicate that the word ‘discretion’ was added to the solemn declaration because ‘the Registrar should be able to refer to a given Article of the Rules as empowering him to refuse to afford access to certain documents or information’. The content of Article 26 basically dates back to 1922: for the most part, the Registrar’s functions have remained unchanged. There is no provision of the Statute expressly requiring Members of Court to have knowledge of its official languages.

Keywords: International Court of Justice (ICJ); Registrar; solemn declaration

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