Colonial law and the clarity of drafting: the International Court and William Dale’s two abiding interests

  • Judge Rosalyn Higgins
Keywords: Legislative drafting, Commonwealth law, International Court of Justice

Abstract

In honour of Sir William Dale, the author discusses legal problems of the colonies and of the Commonwealth with reference to the work on the International Court of Justice and matters of legislative drafting involved in passing of imperial authority to the authority of independent rulers. Article based on the Inaugural Sir William Dale Memorial Lecture delivered on 2nd July 2001 by Judge Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC (International Court of Justice, the Hague). Published in Amicus Curiae - Journal of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and its Society for Advanced Legal Studies. The Journal is produced by the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

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