A critical case note calls for you to select from one of two cases and provide a summary of the case, plus, more importantly, a critical review.

Formatting requirements

Your assignment needs to be written in full: no dot points, no table format or any other note-taking style is permitted.

The summary needs to be written in cohesive paragraphs, citing the given case, and using your own words throughout.

The key sections involve analysing the ratio (the reason(s) supporting the decision).

WORD LENGTH: You have a maximum of 4000 words, not including footnotes.

The critique will be structured in an essay type format that includes:

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introduction with thesis statement

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body with sub-headings

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topic sentences per paragraph

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conclusion emphasising your argument

 

A case note may contain the following components:

 

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Basic information about the case

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Citation of the case

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Parties to the case

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Court hearing the case

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Date of the judgment

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Judges involved (majority, concurring and dissent)

 

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Parties and events

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What parties are involved?

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What are the facts?

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What is in dispute?

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How did the matter get in front of the court?

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Procedural history before the court? Critically examining the judgment(s)

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Jurisdiction of the court (if challenged)

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Applicant’s arguments (strengths and weaknesses)

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Respondent’s arguments (strengths and weaknesses)

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Judgment (the decision of the court)

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Reasons for the decision (persuasiveness of the reasons and ramifications they may have for other cases)

 

For additional information on writing an international law case note, including example case notes to review, see: Case Note Instructions  (ATTACHED)

 

Select ONE of the following cases:

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Arab Monetary Fund v. Hashim
Lauterpacht E., & Greenwood C. J. (1956). Arab Monetary Fund v. Hashim. International Law Reports, 85, 1–29.
This is a digitised reading and cannot be linked directly. It has been attached

 

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Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations
International Court of Justice. Advisory Opinion. [1949] ICJ Rep. 174
Can be accessed following the link in the name

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