Following the United States refusal to participate in the Nicaragua case,' and its subsequent withdrawal from the so-called "optional clause,", a great deal of pessimism surrounded the future of the International Court of Justice.3 Less than a decade later, and only half way through the decade of international law, it would appear, to paraphrase Mark Twain, that reports of the court's demise were greatly exaggerated.
Scott, Gary L.; Bothwell, Heather MacGregor; and Pennel, Jennifer
"Recent Activity Before The International Court Of Justice: Trend Or Cycle?,"
ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 3
, Article 2.
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