THE HAGUE, 22 January 2015. On Tuesday 3 February 2015, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will deliver its Judgment in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia).
A public sitting will take place at 10 a.m. (The Hague time) in the Great Hall of Justice at the Peace Palace, TheHague, seat of the Court, during which the President of the Court, Judge Peter Tomka, will read the Court’s Judgment.
It is recalled that Judgments of the Court have binding force and are without appeal for the parties concerned.
History of the proceedings
The history of the proceedings can be found in the Annual Report of the Court 2013-2014 (paragraphs 80 to 91), which can be viewed online under the headings: “The Court”-“Annual Reports”.
A. Admission procedures
Owing to the limited number of seats available in the Great Hall of Justice, priority access will be given to representatives of the States that are parties to the case, and members of the diplomatic corps.
1. Members of the diplomatic corps
The Information Department requests members of the diplomatic corps who plan to attend the reading of the Judgment to notify it accordingly before midnight on Friday 30 January 2015, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Media representatives
Media representatives are subject to an online accreditation procedure, which will close at midnight on Thursday 29 January 2015. Applications submitted after that date will not be considered. The same applies to submissions by other means, such as fax, e-mail or telephone. For full details (timetable, technical facilities, etc.), see the section below entitled “Further practical information for the media”.
3. Members of the public
A limited number of seats will be allocated to members of the public on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no advance registration procedure, and admission requests submitted beforehand will not be considered. The public are encouraged to follow the reading of the Judgment live on the internet (see below).
It will be possible to watch the reading, either live or later on demand (VOD), on two channels: (1) the Court’s website (Multimedia Gallery); and (2) the United Nations online television channel (webtv.un.org), either under “Live Now”, or in VOD under “Meetings & Events/ICJ”.
Further practical information for the media
1. Entry to the Peace Palace
The Press Room will be open from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Media representatives must bring with them their personal ID and press card. They are asked to arrive at the Peace Palace gates between 8.30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Only duly accredited individuals with valid identification will be permitted to enter the Peace Palace grounds.
2. Parking at the Peace Palace, satellite vehicles
No parking is allowed in the Peace Palace grounds apart from satellite vehicles. Media wishing to park satellite vehicles are requested to fill in the appropriate fields in the online accreditation form. Televised media wishing to broadcast the sitting live should contact the Information Department as soon as possible, and in any case not later than Friday 30 January 2015. Duly accredited satellite vehicles must park between 8 a.m. and 8.30 a.m., on the morning of the sitting.
3. Access to the courtroom
Photographers and camera crews will only be allowed into the Great Hall of Justice between 9.30 a.m. and 10.05 a.m. They will be accompanied by Registry staff members and must keep to the right-hand side of the room. Journalists will be able to follow the reading of the Judgment from the Press Room.
4. Press Room
The reading of the Judgment will be transmitted live on a large screen, in English and French, in a press room equipped with Internet access (Wi-Fi, Ethernet). TV crews can connect to the Court’s PAL (HD and SD) and NTSC (SD) audio-visual system, and radio reporters to the audio system.
5. Videos, still photographs
Video files (SD/MPEG2 and HD/MPEG4) and still photos produced by the Registry during the sitting on 3 February 2015 will be available free of charge, for non-commercial use, at the close of the proceedings (to download, click on www.icj-cij.org/multimedia).
The final submissions presented by the Parties on 21 March, 28 March and 1 April 2014 are already available as video files, in the original English-language version. These files (which come in three formats: Flash, SD/MPEG2 and HD/MPEG4) can be downloaded by clicking on www.icj-cij.org/multimedia. Still photos from the hearing of 3 March 2014 can also be downloaded from the same site.
6. Other media services
For further information (on requests for interviews, TV stand-up positions, audio and video outputs available, etc.), please visit the Court’s website. Click on “Press Room”, and then on “Media Services”.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established by the United Nations Charter in June 1945 and began its activities 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. The Court has a twofold role: first, to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (its judgments have binding force and are without appeal for the parties concerned); and, second, to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and agencies of the system. The Court is composed of 15 judges elected for a nine-year term by the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations. Independent of the United Nations Secretariat, it is assisted by a Registry, its own international secretariat, whose activities are both judicial and diplomatic, as well as administrative. The official languages of the Court are French and English. Also known as the “World Court”, it is the only court of a universal character with general jurisdiction.
The ICJ, a court open only to States for contentious proceedings, and to certain organs and institutions of the United Nations system for advisory proceedings, should not be confused with the other mostly criminal judicial institutions based in The Hague and adjacent areas, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY, an ad hoc court created by the Security Council), the International Criminal Court (ICC, the first permanent international criminal court, established by treaty, which does not belong to the United Nations system), the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL, an independent judicial body composed of Lebanese and international judges, which is not a United Nations tribunal and does not form part of the Lebanese judicial system), or the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA, an independent institution which assists in the establishment of arbitral tribunals and facilitates their work, in accordance with the Hague Convention of 1899).
Sources: United Nations
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