International Court of Justice (ICJ)

Address: Peace Palace Carnegieplein 2 2517 KJ The Hague, The Netherlands


The International Court of Justice, often referred to as the World Court, is the judicial arm of the United Nations and the only international court that settles legal disputes between member states. Established in 1945 after the devastation of World War II, the court's mission is to peacefully resolve conflicts between nations according to international law.

Situated in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, the ICJ functions like a traditional court, hearing cases presented by states and issuing binding judgments. In addition to resolving disputes, the Court can also provide advisory opinions on legal questions submitted by authorized UN bodies and international organizations. These non-binding opinions offer valuable legal guidance on complex international issues. By functioning as a neutral arbiter, the ICJ plays a critical role in maintaining peace and security within the international community.