Domestic Influence of the International Court of Justice

20 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2014

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Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: 1998, 2014


This short article identifies patterns and examples of use of International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Permanent International Court of Justice (PCIJ) opinions in U.S. courts. Decisions and advisory opinions of the international tribunals have most often been used indirectly as evidence of the content of relevant international law – and most often the content of customary international law as opposed to the content of treaty law. Trends in use are set forth and Appendices list the opinions of the ICJ and PCIJ that were used up until 1998.

Keywords: advisory opinion, CIL, courts, custom, ICJ, incorporation, international law, interpretive aid, normative content, PCI, treaty

Suggested Citation

Paust, Jordan J., Domestic Influence of the International Court of Justice (1998, 2014). 26 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 787 (1998), U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-26, Available at SSRN:

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