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The International Court of Justice

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

26 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2011  

Sean D. Murphy

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: November 2, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: International Court, International Tribunal, ICJ, International Dispute, Inter-State Dispute

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Sean D., The International Court of Justice (November 2, 2011). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 589; 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1953412

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