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  1. discharge their duties until their places have been filled. Though replaced, they shall finish any cases which they may have begun.
  2. In the case of the resignation of a member of the Court, the resignation shall be addressed to the President of the Court for transmission to the Secretary-General. This last notification makes the place vacant.

Article 14

Vacancies shall be filled by the same method as that laid down for the first election, subject to the following provision: the Secretary-General shall, within one month of the occurrence of the vacancy, proceed to issue the invitations provided for in Article 5, and the date of the election shall be fixed by the Security Council.

Article 15

A member of the Court elected to replace a member whose term of office has not expired shall hold office for the remainder of his predecessor's term.

Article 16

  1. No member of the Court may exercise any political or administrative function, or engage in any other occupation of a professional nature.
  2. Any doubt on this point shall be settled by the decision of the Court.

Article 17

  1. No member of the Court may act as agent, counsel, or advocate in any case.
  2. No member may participate in the decision of any case in which he has previously taken part as agent, counsel, or advocate for one of the parties, or as a member of a national or international court, or of a commission of enquiry, or in any other capacity.
  3. Any doubt on this point shall be settled by the decision of the Court.

Article 18

  1. No member of the Court can be dismissed unless, in the unanimous opinion of the other members, he has ceased to fulfil the required conditions.
  2. Formal notification thereof shall be made to the Secretary-General by the Registrar. 3. This notification makes the place vacant.

Article 19

The members of the Court, when engaged on the business of the Court, shall enjoy diplomatic privileges and immunities.

Article 20

Every member of the Court shall, before taking up his duties, make a solemn declaration in open court that he will exercise his powers impartially and conscientiously.

Article 21

  1. The Court shall elect its President and Vice President for three years; they may be re-elected.
  2. The Court shall appoint its Registrar and may provide for the appointment of such other officers as may be necessary.

Article 22

  1. The seat of the Court shall be established at The Hague. This, however, shall not prevent the Court from sitting and exercising its functions elsewhere whenever the Court considers it desirable.
  2. The President and the Registrar shall reside at the seat of the Court.

Article 23

  1. The Court shall remain permanently in session, except during the judicial vacations, the dates and duration of which shall be fixed by the Court.
  2. Members of the Court are entitled to peri-