Lawmaking Through Advisory Opinions?

  • Karin Oellers-Frahm
Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 236)


International courts and tribunals are firstly and particularly conceived to settle legal disputes between States and/or other organs or individuals admitted as parties according to the statute of the respective court by means of a binding decision. An advisory function is not inherent in the function of a judicial body, but has to be transferred expressly upon a court or tribunal in the constituent instrument. For non-standing judicial bodies, i.e., arbitral tribunals, an advisory function is rather unusual, but not altogether ruled out: The parties to a compromis may empower the tribunal to give an advisory opinion.


Dispute Settlement Advisory Opinion Arbitral Tribunal Advisory Function International Court 
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© Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Oellers-Frahm
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL)HeidelbergGermany

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