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Zimmerman's Research Guide


International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial body of the United Nations. The ICJ Web site explains that, "The Court has a dual role: to settle in accordance with international law the legal disputes submitted to it by States, and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized international organs and agencies."

ICJ materials are available in the following resources.

  • The ICJ website contains ICJ court rules, selected decisions, pleadings and orders (under "Docket"), publications, and information about the ICJ, including the Statute of the International Court of Justice
  • The WorldLII posts a free searchable database of international case law including ICJ decisions and transcripts (1947-last quarter) from the ICJ web site.
  • Westlaw has Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders (INT-ICJ) from 1947 through 2000, plus selected recent documents.
  • Lexis has ICJ Advisory Opinions from 1947 (INTLAW;ICJAO), Judgments issued by the ICJ from 1948 (INTLAW;ICJCC) and documents filed with the ICJ from 2004, plus a few back to 1986 (INTLAW;ICJDOC).
  • The United Nations Law Collection on HeinOnline includes ICJ Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders (1947-Current), as well as the ICJ Yearbook (1946-Current).

Additional materials can be retrieved by a document retrieval service (see "Document Retrieval Services").

See Also
International Law
International Criminal Court (ICC)
United Nations

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