International Court of Justice

The Hague Academy organises a number of lectures for all attendees of the summer courses on the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the various international criminal courts and tribunals. These lectures, which are given by members of those courts and tribunals, are followed by question-and-answer sessions. Wednesday, 16 July 2014, a lecture on the International Court of Justice by H.E. Judge Ronny Abraham.

The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York.

The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies. The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. It is assisted by a Registry, its administrative organ. Its official languages are English and French.

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