International Court of Justice

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International Court of Justice - Research Guide International Law

The International Court of Justice was established in 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations as the principal judicial organ (Art. 7, UN Charter). Its role in the fulfillment of the purposes of the UN is “to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace” (Art. 1, UN Charter). To this end it settles legal disputes submitted to it by States (contentious procedure) and gives advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies (advisory procedure). It functions in accordance with its Statute which forms an integral part of the Charter (Art. 92, UN Charter). The International Court of Justice is composed of 15 judges who are elected by the General Assembly and the Security Council for a nine year term of office. It has its seat in the Peace Palace at The Hague, The Netherlands.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on the International Court of Justice. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index codes 189c. International Court of Justice and 189d. Activities of the International Court of Justice and subject heading (keyword) International Court of Justice are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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1. La Protección Internacional de los Derechos Humanos y la Corte Internacional de Justicia a la luz de la práctica reciente: "Breard, Lagrand y Avena"
La Protección Internacional de los Derechos Humanos y la Corte Internacional de Justicia a la luz de la práctica reciente: "Breard, Lagrand y Avena" / Óscar Abalde Cantero. - Cizur Menor : Aranzadi/Thomson Reuters. - Page 135-170 In: Intereses públicos, intereses privados, su defensa y colisión en el Derecho Internacional / F. Javier Quel López (Director) ; Ma. Dolores Bollo Arocena (Coordinadora), ISBN 9788490591246: (2013), Page 135-170. - 2013
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Vienna Convention on Consular Relations [Vienna, 24 April 1963], Human rights, Competence, Judgments,

2. The Role of the International Court of Justice in the Formulation and Development of Fundamental Norms of International Law
The Role of the International Court of Justice in the Formulation and Development of Fundamental Norms of International Law / Vera Gowlland-Debbas. - Cizur Menor : Civitas/Thomson Reuters. - Page 69-95 In: Retos de la jurisdicción internacional / Susana Sanz Caballero, Ruth Abril Stoffels (coordinadores), ISBN 9788447039777: (2012), Page 69-95. - 2012
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Development of international law,

3. La expansión y la consolidación de las medidas provisionales de protección en la jurisdicción internacional contemporánea
La expansión y la consolidación de las medidas provisionales de protección en la jurisdicción internacional contemporánea / Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade. - Cizur Menor : Civitas/Thomson Reuters. - Page 99-117 In: Retos de la jurisdicción internacional / Susana Sanz Caballero, Ruth Abril Stoffels (coordinadores), ISBN 9788447039777: (2012), Page 99-117. - 2012
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Provisional measures, International courts,

4. Mesures conservatoires et obligations environnementales
Mesures conservatoires et obligations environnementales : Tribunal international du droit de la mer et Cour internationale de justice / Tullio Treves. - Cizur Menor : Civitas/Thomson Reuters. - Page 119-137 In: Retos de la jurisdicción internacional / Susana Sanz Caballero, Ruth Abril Stoffels (coordinadores), ISBN 9788447039777: (2012), Page 119-137. - 2012
Keywords: International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Marine environment protection, Provisional measures, Judicial assistance, Judgments,

5. ¿Medidas provisionales en el procedimiento consultivo?
¿Medidas provisionales en el procedimiento consultivo? / Carlos Espósito. - Cizur Menor : Civitas/Thomson Reuters. - Page 139-152 In: Retos de la jurisdicción internacional / Susana Sanz Caballero, Ruth Abril Stoffels (coordinadores), ISBN 9788447039777: (2012), Page 139-152. - 2012
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Statutes, Advisory opinions, Provisional measures, Judgments,

6. Peoples' Tribunals, International Law and the Use of Force
Peoples' Tribunals, International Law and the Use of Force / Andrew Byrnes and Gabrielle Simm In: The University of New South Wales Law Journal = ISSN 0313-0096: vol. 36, issue 2, page 711-744. - 2013
Keywords: Jus ad bellum, Use of force, Judicial settlement of international disputes, International Court of Justice, Iraq War (2003), Crimes against the peace and security of mankind,

7. al-Sūdān wa-al-qānun al-duwalī
al-Sūdān wa-al-qānun al-duwalī / Fayṣal ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ʿAlī Ṭaha. - Umm Durmān : Markaz ʿAbd al-Karīm Mīrganī al-Ṯaqāfī, 2012. - 100 pages. ; 24 cm With references. - 2012
Keywords: Sudan, South Sudan, Darfur, Egypt, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, Borders, Customary law, State succession, Public international law,

8. The Issue of "Non Liquet" in Recent Advisory Proceedings of the ICJ
The Issue of "Non Liquet" in Recent Advisory Proceedings of the ICJ / Bing Bing Jia. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. - Page 77-91 In: Northeast Asian Perspectives on International Law : Contemporary Issues and Challenges / edited by Seokwoo Lee and Hee Eun Lee, ISBN 9789004257085: (2013), Page 77-91. - 2013
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Advisory opinions, Public international law, Doctrines, China, Japan, Commentaries,

9. Reflections on a Century of International Justice and Prospects for the Future
Reflections on a Century of International Justice and Prospects for the Future / Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 1-32 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 1-32. - 2014
Keywords: International Court of Justice, International courts, Judicial settlement of international disputes, Development of international law, International law and domestic law,

10. Between the Quest for Universality and its Limited Jurisdiction: the Role of the International Court of Justice in Enhancing the Internation Rule of Law
Between the Quest for Universality and its Limited Jurisdiction: the Role of the International Court of Justice in Enhancing the Internation Rule of Law / Andreas Zimmermann. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 33-45 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 33-45. - 2014
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Judicial settlement of international disputes, Contentious procedure, Jurisdiction,

11. Cooperation and Competition between the International Court of Justice and the Security Council
Cooperation and Competition between the International Court of Justice and the Security Council / Chehrazad Krari-Lahya. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 47-61 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 47-61. - 2014
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, International Court of Justice, Pacific settlement of disputes, International peace and security, Relations,

12. Judicial Integrity and the Advisory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice
Judicial Integrity and the Advisory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice / Christopher Greenwood. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 63-73 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 63-73. - 2014
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Advisory opinions,

13. Peace, Justice, and Provisional Measures
Peace, Justice, and Provisional Measures / Hugh Thirlway. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 75-86 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 75-86. - 2014
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Provisional measures, International peace and security, Jurisdiction,

14. Preventing Conflicts between the Court's Orders on Provisional Measures and Security Council Resolutions
Preventing Conflicts between the Court's Orders on Provisional Measures and Security Council Resolutions / Giorgio Gaja. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 87-92 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 87-92. - 2014
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, International Court of Justice, Resolutions, Provisional measures, Co-operation,

15. Act-dependent Judicial Review of Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions
Act-dependent Judicial Review of Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions / Rosa Möhrlein. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 93-111 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 93-111. - 2014
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, General Assembly, International Court of Justice, Resolutions, Judicial review,

16. The Effects of International Legal Obligations in Domestic Law in Light of the Judgement of the Court in the "Medellín" Case
The Effects of International Legal Obligations in Domestic Law in Light of the Judgement of the Court in the "Medellín" Case / Ronny Abraham. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 113-118 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 113-118. - 2014
Keywords: United States of America, International Court of Justice, Treaties, International obligations, Implementation, International law and domestic law, Judgments,

17. Decisions of the International Court of Justice on Disputes Concerning Internal Law
Decisions of the International Court of Justice on Disputes Concerning Internal Law / Mariko Kawano. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 119-137 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 119-137. - 2014
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Judicial settlement of international disputes, International law and domestic law, Judgments, Compliance,

18. The Court's Contribution to Determining the Content of Fundamental Principles of International Law
The Court's Contribution to Determining the Content of Fundamental Principles of International Law / Marcelo Kohen. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 139-150 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 139-150. - 2014
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Legal principles, Public international law,

19. The International Court of Justice: Bestriding Past and Present
The International Court of Justice: Bestriding Past and Present / Mohamed Bennouna. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff. - Page 151-155 In: Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice / edited by Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, ISBN 9789004273191: (2014), Page 151-155. - 2014
Keywords: International Court of Justice, Development of international law,

20. Palestine's Statehood and Ability to Litigate in the International Court of Justice
Palestine's Statehood and Ability to Litigate in the International Court of Justice / Charles F. Whitman In: California Western International Law Journal = ISSN 0886-3210: vol. 44, issue 1, page 73-113. - 2013
Keywords: Israel, Palestine, Formation of states, Right of self-determination, Ius standi in iudicio, International Court of Justice, International competence, Advisory opinions,

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  • Gaja, G. and J. Grote Stoutenburg (eds.) Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice, Leiden, Boston, Brill Nijhoff, 2014. Showcase item

    Gaja, G. and J. Grote Stoutenburg (eds.) Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice, Leiden, Boston, Brill Nijhoff, 2014.

    What is the current role of the International Court of Justice in contributing to the rule of law in the international community, and which future developments might enable it to have an even greater impact? These questions are explored in Enhancing the Rule of Law through the International Court of Justice, edited by Judge Giorgio Gaja and Jenny Grote Stoutenburg, Associate Legal Officer at the Court. Resulting from a conference celebrating the centenary of the Peace Palace in The Hague, the volume brings together contributions from Judges of the Court, eminent scholars and “new voices”.

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  • Hernández, G.I., The International Court of Justice and the Judicial Function, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014. Showcase item

    Hernández, G.I., The International Court of Justice and the Judicial Function, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014.

    This book evaluates the concept of the function of law through the prism of the International Court of Justice. It goes beyond a conventional analysis of the Court’s case law and applicable law, to consider the compromise between supranational order and state sovereignty that lies at the heart of its institutional design. It argues that this compromise prevents the Court from playing a progressive role in the development of international law. Instead, it influences the international legal order in more subtle ways, in particular, in shaping understanding of the nature or form of the international legal order as a whole. The book concludes that the role of the Court is not to advance some universal conception of international law but rather to decide the cases before it in the best possible way within its institutional limits, while remaining aware of law’s deeper theoretical foundations. The book considers three key elements: firstly, it examines the historical aspects of the Court’s constitutive Statute, and the manner in which it defines its judicial character. Secondly, it considers the drafting process, the function of a dissenting opinion, and the role of the individual judge, in an attempt to discern insights on the function of the Court. Finally, the book examines the Court’s practice in regard to three conceptual issues which assist in understanding the Court’s function: its theory of precedent; its definition of the ‘international community’; and its theory on the completeness of the international legal order.

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  • Bannelier, K. et al. (eds.), The ICJ and the Evolution of International Law : The Enduring Impact of the "Corfu Channel" Case, London, Routledge, 2012.

    In 1949 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) handed down its first judgment in the Corfu Channel Case. In diffusing an early Cold War dispute, the Court articulated a set of legal principles which continue to shape our appreciation of the international legal order. Many of the issues dealt with by the Court in 1949 remain central questions of international law, including due diligence, forcible intervention and self-help, maritime operations, navigation in international straits and the concept of elementary considerations of humanity. The Court’s decision has been cited on numerous occasions in subsequent international litigation. Indeed, the relevance of this judgment goes far beyond the subject matter dealt with by the Court in 1949, extending to pressing problems such as trans-boundary pollution, terrorism and piracy. In short, it was and remains a thoroughly modern decision — a landmark for international law; and one which today warrants reconsideration.

Taking a critical approach, this book examines the decision’s influence on international law generally and on some fields of international law like the law of the sea and the law of international responsibility specifically. The book collects the commentary of a distinguished set of international law scholars, including four well-known international judges. The contributors consider not only the history of the Corfu Channel Judgment and its contribution to the development of international law, but also its resonance in many contemporary issues in the field of international law.

This book will be of particular interest to academics and students of International Law, International Relations and Legal History

    In 1949 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) handed down its first judgment in the Corfu Channel Case. In diffusing an early Cold War dispute, the Court articulated a set of legal principles which continue to shape our appreciation of the international legal order. Many of the issues dealt with by the Court in 1949 remain central questions of international law, including due diligence, forcible intervention and self-help, maritime operations, navigation in international straits and the concept of elementary considerations of humanity. The Court’s decision has been cited on numerous occasions in subsequent international litigation. Indeed, the relevance of this judgment goes far beyond the subject matter dealt with by the Court in 1949, extending to pressing problems such as trans-boundary pollution, terrorism and piracy. In short, it was and remains a thoroughly modern decision — a landmark for international law; and one which today warrants reconsideration.

    Taking a critical approach, this book examines the decision’s influence on international law generally and on some fields of international law like the law of the sea and the law of international responsibility specifically. The book collects the commentary of a distinguished set of international law scholars, including four well-known international judges. The contributors consider not only the history of the Corfu Channel Judgment and its contribution to the development of international law, but also its resonance in many contemporary issues in the field of international law.

    This book will be of particular interest to academics and students of International Law, International Relations and Legal History.

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  • Tams, C.J. and J. Sloan (eds.), The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    Tams, C.J. and J. Sloan (eds.), The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    This book traces the impact that the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has had on various areas of international law. A number of prominent international experts examine whether, and to what extent, international law has been shaped by the Court’s jurisprudence. The informal development of international law through the Court’s judgments contrasts with the development of international law through more deliberate means, such as treaty-making. Assessing key areas of international law over which the ICJ has exercised its jurisdiction, such as international environmental law, international human rights, the law of the sea, and the law of immunities, this book comprehensively details the impact of international jurisprudence on contemporary international law.

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  • He, Z., The ICJ's Practice on Provisional Measures, Frankfurt, Lang, 2010

    He, Z., The ICJ's Practice on Provisional Measures, Frankfurt, Lang, 2010

    This work studies the role of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the international dispute settlement and the maintenance of international peace and security by examining its practice on provisional measures. The author finds that the ICJ’s practice on provisional measures differs from that of municipal courts, due to the necessity to respect the sovereignty of states. Furthermore, the Court attempts to play an important role in the international dispute settlement. The aim to maintain international peace and security is decisive for the Court to assign provisional measures. As shown by the Lockerbie cases, its power was to some extent paralyzed by the Council’s breach of its authority. Without any coordinative mechanism within the UN system and the Council’s self-restriction, provisional measures cannot be as effective as designated.

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  • Ruiter, D. de (ed.), The International Court of Justice: Facts and Documents About the History and Work of the Court, The Hague, International Courts Association (ICA), 2011

    Ruiter, D. de (ed.), The International Court of Justice: Facts and Documents About the History and Work of the Court, The Hague, International Courts Association (ICA), 2011

    In this book, the history and work of the International Court of Justice is commemorated. Its past and future roles are examined from various angles, which have been defined as “roles” played by the Court. The book illustrates the Court’s role as a mechanism for the settlement of disputes, as well as its supervisory role, or, in other words, its possible role as the ‘Supreme Court’ in international law. Along with the presentation of documents and materials, its advisory function is also examined. The In this book, the history and work of the International Court of Justice is commemorated. Its past and future roles are examined from various angles, which have been defined as “roles” played by the Court. The book illustrates the Court’s role as a mechanism for the settlement of disputes, as well as its supervisory role, or, in other words, its possible role as the ‘Supreme Court’ in international law. Along with the presentation of documents and materials, its advisory function is also examined. The book concludes with a discussion of landmark cases by the Court.book concludes with a discussion of landmark cases by the Court.

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  • Dahlhofff, G. (ed.), International Court of Justice: Digest of Judgments and Advisory Opinions, Canon and Case Law 1946-2012, Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff, 2012

    Dahlhofff, G. (ed.), International Court of Justice: Digest of Judgments and Advisory Opinions, Canon and Case Law 1946-2012, Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff, 2012

    This work offers ease of access to the ICJ’s judgments and advisory opinions given between 25 March 1949 and 3 February 2012. It seeks to help scholars, practitioners and students of international public law quickly to review the Court’s jurisprudence for precedents in the Court’s “canon” and “case law”. It allows the reader to read the judgments and opinions themselves, reduced to the unabbreviated and undistorted essence of the Court’s reasoning. The work contains all the timeless elements of the Court’s jurisprudence in one volume, and a highly detailed index of the relevant terms and phrases of the judgments and advisory opinions.

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  • Ogwezzy, M.C., The ICJ, Emergence of Regional Courts and Arbitral Tribunals: Proliferation of International and Regional Adjudicatory Bodies, Saarbrücken, Lap Lambert, 2012.

    Ogwezzy, M.C., The ICJ, Emergence of Regional Courts and Arbitral Tribunals: Proliferation of International and Regional Adjudicatory Bodies, Saarbrücken, Lap Lambert, 2012.

    This book is titled “International Court of Justice, Regional Courts and Arbitral Tribunals”. It is written to fill some crucial gaps that exist in the study of international and regional adjudication or dispute settlement procedures. Chapter one discussed the origin of modern international arbitration up till the establishment of the International Court of Justice. Chapters two and three examined the different regional courts and arbitral tribunals in Europe, Africa and the Americas alongside other specialised international and ad hoc tribunals located in these continents. It also compared arbitration and judicial settlement of disputes. Chapter four dealt with the background developments that lead to the proliferation of international courts and arbitral tribunals. Chapter five is the conclusion of the essential issues raised in the initial chapters and went further to make some scintillating recommendations to enhance the performance of the International Court of Justice which is one of the major reasons for the emergence and proliferation of these regional courts and arbitral tribunals in the face of the existing International Court of Justice.

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  • Bannelier, K., T. Christakis and S. Heathcote (eds.), The ICJ and the Evolution of International Law: the Enduring Impact of the "Corfu Channel" Case, London, Routledge, 2012.

    Bannelier, K., T. Christakis and S. Heathcote (eds.), The ICJ and the Evolution of International Law: the Enduring Impact of the "Corfu Channel" Case, London, Routledge, 2012.

    In 1949 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) handed down its first judgment in the Corfu Channel Case. In diffusing an early Cold War dispute, the Court articulated a set of legal principles which continue to shape our appreciation of the international legal order. Many of the issues dealt with by the Court in 1949 remain central questions of international law, including due diligence, forcible intervention and self-help, maritime operations, navigation in international straits and the concept of elementary considerations of humanity. The Court’s decision has been cited on numerous occasions in subsequent international litigation. Indeed, the relevance of this judgment goes far beyond the subject matter dealt with by the Court in 1949, extending to pressing problems such as trans-boundary pollution, terrorism and piracy. In short, it was and remains a thoroughly modern decision — a landmark for international law; and one which today warrants reconsideration. Taking a critical approach, this book examines the decision’s influence on international law generally and on some fields of international law like the law of the sea and the law of international responsibility specifically. The book collects the commentary of a distinguished set of international law scholars, including four well-known international judges. The contributors consider not only the history of the Corfu Channel Judgment and its contribution to the development of international law, but also its resonance in many contemporary issues in the field of international law. This book will be of particular interest to academics and students of International Law, International Relations and Legal History

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  • Antonopoulos, C., Counterclaims before the International Court of Justice, Berlin, Springer, 2011.

    Antonopoulos, C., Counterclaims before the International Court of Justice, Berlin (etc.), Springer, 2011.

    Counterclaims, the right of a State sued by another State to bring its own counter-suit in the course of the same trial, may offer an opportunity to mitigate the effects of the original suit and help to resolve disputes between States that have more than one aspect. In recent years, counterclaims have been frequently presented at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This book examines the counterclaims presented at the ICJ and at its predecessor, the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ), during its 65 years of existence. It is the first study that focuses exclusively on the subject of counterclaims. It analyses the evolution of the germane provisions in the PCIJ and ICJ Rules of Procedure and the practice of the Court, especially in light of the relevant case-law of the ICJ. A useful source for academics and practitioners in International law.

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  • Rosenne, S., The Law and Practice of the International Court, 1920-2005, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2006.

    Rosenne, S., The Law and Practice of the International Court, 1920-2005, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2006.

    The popularity of his monumental and definitive works have established Shabtai Rosenne as the undisputed expert on the International Court of Justice’s law and practice. His broad exchange of correspondence and extensive conversations with members of the Court and its Registrars, as well as with other friends who know the Court and its practices well, and his experience in the Court and in the UN, especially the General Assembly and the Security Council, led him to undertake this major reconstruction of this work in the previous edition.
    All of these arenas have undergone significant recent changes. The work’s practical features include the English text of the Charter of the United Nations, the Statute of the Court, the Practice Directions, and the 1978 Rules of the Court, together with a full set of indexes. The Fourth Edition (updated until 31 December 2005) of The Law and Practice of the International Court is an essential component of all international law libraries and an indispensable work for those practicing in the field, all of whom will appreciate access to the most recent work on the Court from this expert author.

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  • Bolivia’s Centenarian Maritime Claim before the International Court of Justice

    Despite losing its maritime coast, the so-called Littoral Department, after the War of the Pacific, Bolivia has historically maintained, as a state policy, a maritime claim to Chile. The claim asks for sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean and its maritime space. The Political Constitution of 2009 established that Bolivia declares its right to access to the sea, and that its objective is to solve the problem peacefully. Therefore, on 24 April 2013, Bolivia instituted proceedings against Chile before the International Court of Justice. A guest blog by Elizabeth Santalla Vargas.

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  • ARGO and the Follow-Up: Iran and the United States

    33 Years after the event, Hollywood has turned its attention to an episode that traumatized the United States for months: the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran. As the US Embassy falls to a group of Islamist students and militants in support of the Iranian revolution and in retaliation for the USA’s sheltering of the recently deposed Shah, six diplomats slip out and seek sanctuary in the Canadian’s ambassador’s residence. It is up to the CIA’s Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to extract them from the country before they are discovered by the Revolutionary Guards. The plan? Create a fake movie, called Argo, and pretend they’re the crew.

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  • Interview with Prof. Rosalyn Higgins

    Interview with Prof. Rosalyn Higgins by Ingrid Kost & Otto Spijkers, on 1 December 2011, at the Peace Palace. We spoke about her time as President of the International Court of Justice, the relationship between the Peace Palace Library and the Court, and the difference between men and women.

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  • Conference about ICJ's judgment in the case between Nicaragua and the USA

    In 1986, the International Court of Justice issued its judgment on the merits in a dispute between Nicaragua and the United States of America. Twenty-five years later, members of the legal teams of both Nicaragua and the United States faced each other once again in the Peace Palace.

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  • What Future for Western Sahara ?

    There is no prospect of resolving the decades-old conflict between Morocco and the Sahrawi independence movement Polisario on the future of Western Sahara. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, came to this conclusion in a gloomy report, dated 6 April 2010, to the Security Council. Ban Ki-moon reported that “it is clear [...]

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  • International Court of Justice sets date for public hearings on Kosovo independence

    The Hague, 29 July 2009. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced that it will hold public hearings starting on 1 December 2009 on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence early last year. The United Nations and individual Member States will be able to present oral statements and comments at the ICJ’s headquarters [...]

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  • Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine)

    On Tuesday 3 February 2009 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rendered its Judgment in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine). A public sitting took place at 10 a.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which the President of the Court, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, read the Court’s Judgment.

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  • EU Declaration on Medellín Execution

    On Monday, 11 August, the Council of the European Union (EU) issued a declaration on the execution of Mexican national José Medellín in Texas last week.

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  • Texas Executes Mexican National in Defiance of ICJ Rulings

    Late Tuesday night, 5 August, the State of Texas executed José Ernesto Medellín, despite a call from the UN Secretary-General urging the United States (US) not to go ahead with the execution and to respect the judgements of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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