Interventions in Proceedings Before International Courts and Tribunals:

To What Extent May Interventions Serve the Pursuance of Community Interests?
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Abstract

The Rules of Procedure and the statutory instruments of international courts and tribunals provide for the possibility of an intervention by a third State in the proceedings between two parties. This contribution discusses why this mechanism is not being used more frequently. The prevailing view with the international courts and tribunals seems to be that it is for the parties to the concrete dispute to settle and that an intervention by a third State constitutes an interference which may complicate the situation. This contribution argues that such an approach constitutes a bilateralisation of international relations which is not appropriate considering that legal disputes mostly originate from multilateral treaties in the interpretation and application of which all States parties to the treaty have a legal interest. It is therefore held that the interpretation of the rules on intervention should be reconsidered.

Keywords

Continental Shelf International Criminal Tribunal International Tribunal Arbitral Tribunal International Court 
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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International LawHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Professor, Heidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.President, International Tribunal for the Law of the SeaHamburgGermany

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