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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which highlights how states and members of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) engage in an ongoing dialogue about the boundaries of law and its linguistic limitations. On entering the Court's discursive domain, states bring a number of expectations and hopes about international law. The cases have shown that international law contains some linguistic diversity, perhaps allowing us to speak of international legal dialects. Questions about the 'legal' nature of a case are especially important in advisory opinions, and the Western Sahara Case and the Wall Case illustrated a variety of ways of defining 'legal' disputes. Both cases highlighted how Third World states are more comfortable with introducing contextual matters before the Court.

Keywords: International Court of Justice (ICJ); international law; Western Sahara Case



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