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(p. 589) 20. The International Court of Justice 

(p. 589) 20. The International Court of Justice
(p. 589) 20. The International Court of Justice

Hugh Thirlway

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date: 26 February 2020

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is defined as the as the ‘principal judicial organ’ organ of the United Nations, is a standing mechanism for the peaceful settlement of disputes between States. No dispute can be the subject of a decision of the Court unless the States parties to it have consented to the Court’s jurisdiction over that specific dispute. This chapter discusses the history, structure and composition, procedure, jurisdiction, proceedings, and decisions of the ICJ.

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