New judges elected to UN’s main judicial body, International Court of Justice


The International Court of Justice
is based at the Peace Palace at The Hague in the Netherlands. The court is one of the
six principal organs of the UN. It’s the principal judicial organ of
the UN and the only principal organ which does not have its seat
in New York. The court has existed since 1946. Its two official languages
are French and English. Its statute, that is to say the founding document
of the International Court of Justice is an integral part of the charter
of the United Nations. “Please be seated” All UN Member States therefore automatically
recognize the existence of the court and can call on its services. The judgments and opinions
delivered by the court often have a direct impact on the
everyday lives of millions of individuals. On very many occasions and
in all continents, the court has helped diffuse crises, to normalize relations between states
and to reactivate deadlock negotiations through the settlement of disputes
by judicial means. For live UN video, visit: www.un.org/webcast

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