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The Permanent Court for International Justice Collection

ICA-Press, E. van Heugten, D. de Ruiter, L. de Beer (eds.)


The establishment of the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ), the predecessor of the International Court of Justice, was provided for in the Covenant of the League of Nations. It held its inaugural sitting in 1922 and was dissolved in 1946. The work of the PCIJ, the first permanent international tribunal with general jurisdiction, made possible the clarification of a number of aspects of international law, and contributed to its development.

Between 1922 and 1940 the PCIJ dealt with 29 contentious cases between States, and delivered 27 advisory opinions.

The Court’s mandatory jurisdiction came from three sources: the Optional Clause of the League of Nations, general international conventions and special bipartite international treaties. Cases could also be submitted directly by states, but they were not bound to submit material unless it fell into those three categories. The Court could issue either judgments or advisory opinions. Judgments were directly binding while advisory opinions were not. In practice, member states of the League of Nations followed advisory opinions anyway, as they feared that otherwise, they could undermine the moral and legal authority of the Court and League.

This collection contain the decisions (Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders) delivered by the Permanent Court of International Justice from 1922 to 1940.

The written pleadings, records of the public hearings and correspondence for each case are also available in this Series. Our collection contains acts and documents concerning the organization of the Court, as well as the preparation of its Rules of Court and the modifications to those Rules. The Court’s Yearbooks (entitled Annual Reports) can be found in the series.

Overview of the Collection:

A-VOLUMES

Volume Number Title
Volume A-1 Basic Documents
Volume A-2 Preparation Of The Rules Of Court Of January 30th, 1922
Volume A-3 Acts And Documents Concerning The Organization Of The Court Part 2; - Rules Of Court (Adopted March 24 1922) - Statute And Rules Of Court - Modification Of The Rules - Statute And Rules Of Court
Volume A-4 Elaboration Of The Rules Of Court Of March 11th, 1936 Part 1
Volume A-5 Elaboration Of The Rules Of Court Of March 11th, 1936 Part 2
Volume A-5 Elaboration Of The Rules Of Court Of March 11th, 1936
Volume A-7 Extracts From International Agreements Affecting The Jurisdiction Of The Court
Volume A-8 Acts And Documents Concerning The Organization Of The Court; Statute And Rules Of Court And Other Constitutional Documents, Rules Or Regulations
Volume A-9 Extracts From International Agreements Affecting The Jurisdiction Of The Court Series D. Nº.3, 1923; Collection Of Texts Governing The Jurisdiction Of The Court; Series D.- Nº.6, Fourth Edition, 1932 Part 1
Volume A-10 Collection Of Texts Governing The Jurisdiction Of The Court; Series D.- Nº.6, Fourth Edition, 1932 Part 2
Volume A-11 Collection Of Texts Governing The Jurisdiction Of The Court; Series D.- Nº.6, Fourth Edition, 1932; - First Addendum To The Fourth Edition Series D. - Nº6, First Addendum, 1932 - Third Addendum To The Fourth Edition Series D. - Nº6, Third Addendum, 1934 - Fourth Addendum To The Fourth Edition Series D. - Nº6, Fourth Addendum, 1935 - Fifth Addendum To The Fourth Edition Series D. - Nº6, Fifth Addendum, 1936 - Seventh Addendum To The Fourth Edition Series D. - Nº6, Seventh Addendum, 1938
Volume A-12 Extracts From International Agreements Affecting The Jurisdiction Of The Court Series D. Nº.5, Third Edition (French Only), 1926

C-VOLUMES

Volume Number Title
Volume C-1 A01 S.S. “Wimbledon” / A02 Mavrommatis Palestine Concessions / A03 Treaty of Neuilly‚ Article 179‚ Annex‚ Paragraph 4 (Interpretation) / A04 Interpretation of Judgment No.3 / A05 Mavrommatis Jerusalem Concessions/ A06 Certain German Interests in Polish Upper Silesia (Preliminary Objections)
Volume C-2 A07 Certain German Interests in Polish Upper Silesia (Merits)/ A08 Denunciation of the Treaty of 2 November 1865 between China and Belgium/ A09 Factory at Chorzów (Jurisdiction)/A10 Lotus
Volume C-3 A11 Readaptation of the Mavrommatis Jerusalem Concessions (Jurisdiction); A12 Factory at Chorzów (Indemnities); A13 Interpretation of Judgments Nos. 7 and 8; (Factory at Chorzów) A14 Denunciation of the Treaty of 2 November 1865 between China and Belgium; A15 Rights of Minorities in Upper Silesia (Minority Schools); A16 Denunciation of the Treaty of 2 November 1865 between China and Belgium; A17 Factory at Chorzów (Merits)