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International Courts and Tribunals

Basic Treatises about the ICJ and PCIJ

Digests to Find Cases of the ICJ and PCIJ

Keep in mind that a digest will not have the full text of a decision, but will be a summary of it.

What is the ICJ?

The ICJ continues the work of the PCIJ, as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). Established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations, it began work in April 1946. The Court’s responsibility is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes that have been submitted to it by States and to provide advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized United Nations organs or 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, which is its administrative organ. Its official languages are English and French.

Official Publications of the ICJ

Unofficial Reporters of the ICJ

Subject Guide

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