The Permanent Court of International Justice, 1920-1942

By Manley O. Hudson; Bureau of International Research of Harvard University and Radcliffe College | Go to book overview
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APPENDIX NO. 6 Rules of Court, Adopted on February 21, 1931

English version from Series D, No. I ( 2d. ed.), pp. 23-49.1


The Court, By virtue of Article 30 of its Statute, Adopts the present Rules:


Heading 1. Constitution of the Court


Article 1. Subject to the provisions of Article 14 of the Statute, the term of office of judges and deputy-judges shall commence on January ist of the year following their election.

*Art. 2. Judges and deputy-judges elected at an earlier session of the Assembly and of the Council of the League of Nations shall take precedence respectively over judges and deputy-judges elected at a subsequent session. Judges and deputy-judges elected during the same session shall take precedence according to age. Judges shall take precedence over deputy-judges.

National judges chosen from outside the Court, under the terms of Article 31 of the Statute, shall take precedence after deputy-judges in order of age.

The list of deputy-judges shall be prepared in accordance with these principles.

The Vice-President shall take his seat on the right of the President. The other members of the Court shall take their seats on the left and right of the President in the order laid down above.

The text includes a French version, also. The articles revised in 1926 are marked with an asterisk; those amended in 1931 are marked with a dagger. For convenience, the earlier texts of 1922 and 1926 are also reproduced here.


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