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ICJ – International Court Of Justice

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is one of the few permanent international courts and certainly the most important one. The legal bases for the activity of the ICJ are laid down in the Charter of the UN, in the Statute of the ICJ and in the Rules of Procedure. It is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. Its seat is at The Hague, The Netherlands. It has a twofold function: on the one hand the settlement of disputes between states on the basis of international law, and on the other, the delivery of advisory opinions on legal questions at the request of specifically authorized international organs, in particular the General Assembly and the Security Council of the UN. In conclusion, it can be stated that the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN, continues to play a very significant role in international dispute settlement.

Keywords: General Assembly; International Court of Justice (ICJ); Security Council; The Hague; UN

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