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|
- 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.