The Permanent Court of International Justice, 1920-1942

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§378. Inauguration of the Court . The Statute of the Court contained no provision for summoning the judges to an inaugural session, nor did it fix a date for the beginning of the nine-year term for which the judges were elected. Following the election in 1921, the Secretary- General of the League of Nations took the initiative of summoning the judges to meet at The Hague for a preliminary session on January 30, 1922, and at the same time, he informed them that their salaries would be paid from January 1, 1922; this latter date came to be regarded as the date on which the judges' nine-year terms began,1 and by the Rules later adopted, the Court assumed the power to fix January 1 of the year following an election as the date for the beginning of the term of the judges elected at a general election.2 When some of the judges stated that they could not be present on January 30, 1922, the Secretary-General summoned two deputy-judges to the preliminary session, and both of them attended; the Court later invited the other two deputy-judges, and one of them attended. Nine judges and three deputy-judges thus took part in the Court's first session. Pending the election of a President, Judge Loder was asked to preside; a member of the Secretariat of the League of Nations, Åke Hammarskjöld, had been designated by the Secretary- General as the acting secretary of the Court, and a representative of the Secretary-General was present at three of the earlier meetings. At its second meeting on February 3, 1922, the Court elected Judge Loder as President and M. Hammarskjöld as Registrar. At a public inaugural meeting on February 15, 1922, the members of the Court made their solemn declarations,3 and speeches were made by M. da Cunha on behalf

Series E, No. 1, p. 12.
The earlier practice of the Court was to regard an election to fill a vacancy "as taking effect on the first day of the month following that in which the election took place." Series D, No. 2 (3d add.), pp. 760, 804. Article 1 of the 1936 Rules provides, however, that the term of office of a judge elected to fill a vacancy shall begin on the date of the election. Idem, pp. 378- 81, 470. See §260, supra.
A similar procedure was followed in 1931. Series E, No. 7, p. 20.


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