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Provisional Measures


Interim orders issued by the International Court of Justice or another international body. Provisional measures institute immediate protection for individuals if their rights under a treaty or convention are deemed to be at “imminent risk” of suffering “irreparable prejudice” absent enactment of the measures. Provisional measures do not resolve the merits of the dispute or questions about the ICJ’s jurisdiction, and leave open the option to all parties to bring further proceedings on these issues.

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