The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946.
The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York (United States of America).
The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.
The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. It is assisted by a Registry, its administrative organ. Its official languages are English and French.
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- ICJ (Great Hall of Justice): presentation on the work of the Court and short Q&A
- You must be present at least 30 minutes before starting time of the tour at the Visitors Cente
- No cameras, cell phones and bags allowed inside the Peace Palace. Lockers available
- The programme contains no guided tour of the building.
- Before and after visiting the ICJ, you will have the opportunity to visit the Visitors Centre located by the main entrance of the Peace Palace, where you will find information about the Peace Palace and guided tours.
2517 KJ The Hague