Advisory Opinions & the International Court of Justice

What is the International Court of Justice?

The International Court of Justice or ICJ for short is a branch of the United Nations and contains exactly 15 judges elected by the General Assembly.

The 2 functions:

  • deals with disputes between states
  • gives advisory opinions
The ICJ in the Hague

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Advisory Opinions

  • are opinions regarding international law
  • are essentially answers to questions asked by the UN General Assembly, international agencies, or branches
  • Advisory opinions are made by the majority of the judges in the court


The Importance of Advisory Opinions:

Advisory Opinions to me, play a significant role in international law as these opinions are answers that allow us to better understand the subject. Using both logic and reason, the judges are able to come up with the answers to pressing questions that arise, thus, avoiding confusion and issues regarding or relating to international law

 

*Remember, I am still learning and if my opinion, analysis, arguments, or anything at all could be improved in any way let me know! Also, keep in mind that  I am just providing my own opinion and would be happy to have feedback and opinions from you as well.  

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