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62 Columbia Law Review 1230 (1962)


This article analyzes the important legal and political implications of the July 20, 1962 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice. This opinion dealt with one of the most serious problems facing the United Nations Organization - how to finance and pay for its operations. By a majority of nine to five, the court advised the General Assembly that expenses occasioned by the United Nations operations in the Congo and in the Middle East constituted "expenses to the Organization" within the meaning of Article 17, paragraph 2 of the United Nations Charter. This opinion may prove to be one of the court's most important decisions to date.