The International Court of Justice
Sean D. Murphy
George Washington University - Law School
November 2, 2011
THE RULES, PRACTICE, AND JURISPRUDENCE OF INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND TRIBUNALS, Chiara Giorgetti, ed., Brill, Forthcoming
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 589
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 589
This essay on the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) is the first chapter in a new book on international courts and tribunals. Important constraints on the ICJ’s jurisdiction preclude it from resolving most disputes between States, and, as was the case for the predecessor Permanent Court of International Justice, the ICJ is not at the apex of an appellate system of international or national courts. Nevertheless, as the judicial wing of the United Nations, the ICJ stands as the most authoritative court for the interpretation of general rules of international law, with its decisions regularly cited by other global, regional, and national courts. Further, despite its limited jurisdiction, the Court has addressed numerous important disputes among States and issued advisory opinions that have greatly shaped and influenced the development of international law across subject matter areas. In short, the Court is a highly respected and authoritative judicial tribunal, lying at the center of the global legal system, with an influence that extends well beyond the legal relations of the Parties that appear before it.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: International Court, International Tribunal, ICJ, International Dispute, Inter-State Dispute
Date posted: November 2, 2011
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