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Research Guides: A Guide to Researching the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established as a world court in 1945. It hears cases between sovereign countries, not individuals. The seat of the Court is located in the Peace Palace in Den Hague, the Netherlands. As the principle judicial organ of the United Nations, the ICJ is the successor court to the Permanent Court of International Justice.

Statute of the International Court of Justice

This document establishes the ICJ and details its jurisdiction. View Document

Rules of Court

The current Rules of Court. View Rules of Court

Pleadings, Oral Arguments and Documents

These volumes contain the documents instituting proceedings before the Court, written pleadings, verbatim records or the oral proceedings and any other documents relating to a case before the Court. They are available at the Moritz Law Library (KZ 218.I57). Pleadings, Oral Arguments and Documents is not available online through the ICJ web site, Lexis or Westlaw.

Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders Recueil des Arrêts, Avis Consultatifs et Ordonnances

The decisions of the ICJ are reported in this series, which was first published in 1947. The text is in English and French. They are available at the Moritz Law Library (Call number KZ 214.I58). Internet access to the judgments and orders in all contentious cases and advisory opinions referred to the ICJ since 1946 is available (most in full-text, some summaries). See also Judgments, Advisory opinions and Orders by chronological order. Westlaw has complete coverage of the Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders in the INT-LAW database.

Yearbook-International Court of Justice

The Moritz Law Library has all volumes from 1946 to the present (Call number KZ 6273.I57). Each volume documents the workings of the ICJ from August 1st of one year to July 31st of the next. The content of the Yearbook varies, including information on procedure, finances, judges' biographies, cases pending before the Court and publications of the Court. A chronological listing of judgments, advisory opinions and orders and pleadings, oral arguments and documents before the ICJ and the Permanent Court of International Justice is included at the end of most volumes. The Yearbook is not available online through the ICJ web site, Lexis or Westlaw.

Last Updated 11/1/11