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International Court of Justice

International tribunal

Published: 
16 March 2017
Modified: 
16 March 2017

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

Members of the International Court of Justice (new composition, as from 27 April 2012) in the Japanese Room of the Peace Palace. Photograph: ICJ-CIJ-UN Photo, Rob Ris, Max Koot Studio, July 2012. Courtesy of the ICJ. All rights reserved.

The Court has a twofold role:

  • 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 duly authorised UN organs and specialised agencies.

The International Court of Justice 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. Of the 6 principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York.

The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of 9 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.

Contact details

International Court of Justice
Peace Palace
Carnegieplein 2
2517 KJ The Hague
Telephone: (070) 302 23 23
Email: information@icj-cij.org
Website: www.icj-cij.org




Published: 
16 March 2017
Modified: 
16 March 2017