482. The 'optional clause': recognising the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.

According to the so-called 'optional clause', a state may at any time declare that it recognises as compulsory, ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other state accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice1 in all legal disputes concerning2:

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    (1)     the interpretation of a treaty3;

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    (2)     any question of international law4;

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    (3)     the existence of any fact which, if established, would constitute a breach of an international obligation