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Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa

Overview of the case

Following the preceding Advisory Opinion the General Assembly concerning the International Status of South West Africa, on 11 October 1954, adopted a special Rule F on voting procedure to be followed by the Assembly in taking decisions on questions relating to reports and petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa. According to this Rule, such decisions were to be regarded as important questions within the meaning of Article 18, paragraph 2, of the United Nations Charter and would therefore require a two-thirds majority of Members of the United Nations present and voting. In its Advisory Opinion of 7 June 1955, the Court considered that Rule F was a correct application of its earlier Advisory Opinion. It related only to procedure, and procedural matters were not material to the degree of supervision exercised by the General Assembly. Moreover, the Assembly was entitled to apply its own voting procedure and Rule F was in accord with the requirement that the supervision exercised by the Assembly should conform as far as possible to the procedure followed by the Council of the League of Nations.


This overview is provided for information only and in no way involves the responsibility of the Court.

Request for Advisory Opinion

Request for Advisory Opinion (including the dossier of documents transmitted to the Court pursuant to article 65, paragraph 2 of the Statute)

6 December 1954
Request for Advisory Opinion (including the dossier of documents transmitted to the Court pursuant to article 65, paragraph 2 of the Statute)
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English French Bilingual

Written proceedings

Written Statements

22 February 1955
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Oral proceedings

Verbatim record 1955

Minute of the Public Sitting held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, on June 7th, 1955, the President, Mr. Hackworth, presiding
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Orders

Order of 14 December 1954

Fixing of time-limit: Written Statements
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Advisory opinions

Summaries of Advisory Opinions and Orders

Summary 1955/2

Summary of the Advisory Opinion of 7 June 1955
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Press releases

Press release 1954/23

16 December 1954
Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa - The President of the Court decides that the Members of the United Nations should be entitled to submit to the Court written statements of their views
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Press release 1955/21

16 March 1955
Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa - The Court receives written statements from the Governments of the United States of America, India and Poland
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English French

Press release 1955/23

30 March 1955
Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa - Start of public hearings fixed for 10 May 1955
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English French

Press release 1955/27

9 May 1955
Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa - The Court will hold no public hearings in this case
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English French

Press release 1955/30

2 June 1955
Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa - The Court will deliver its Advisory Opinion on 7 June 1955
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English French

Press release 1955/32

7 June 1955
Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa - Advisory opinion
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English French

Correspondence

Correspondence

2 December 1954
Correspondence
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