International Court of Justice: News

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The Court

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.

Press release No. 2020/31

27 October 2020
“Shaping our Future Together” – Event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations
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Press release No. 2020/30

16 October 2020
Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda) – Appointment of experts
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Press release No. 2020/29

22 September 2020
Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda) The Court to arrange for an expert opinion
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Press release No. 2020/28

21 September 2020
Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America) – Conclusion of the public hearings on the preliminary objections raised by the United States of America – The Court to begin its deliberation
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Press release No. 2020/27

8 September 2020
Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. United Arab Emirates) – Conclusion of the public hearings on the preliminary objections raised by the United Arab Emirates – The Court to begin its deliberation
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Press release No. 2020/26

3 September 2020
Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America) – Preliminary objections – Schedule for the public hearings to be held from Monday 14 September to Monday 21 September 2020
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English French

Press release No. 2020/25

25 August 2020
Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. United Arab Emirates) – Preliminary objections – Schedule for the public hearings to be held from Monday 31 August to Monday 7 September 2020
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Press release No. 2020/24

31 July 2020
Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America) – Preliminary objections – The Court to hold public hearings from Monday 14 to Monday 21 September 2020
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English French

Press release No. 2020/23

30 July 2020
Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. United Arab Emirates) – Preliminary Objections – The Court to hold public hearings from Monday 31 August to Monday 7 September 2020
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Press release No. 2020/22

20 July 2020
Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation) – Extension of the time-limit for the filing of the Counter-Memorial of the Russian Federation
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Press release No. 2020/21

14 July 2020
Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article II, Section 2, of the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) – The Court rejects the appeal brought by Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates from the Decision of the ICAO Council
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Press release No. 2020/20

14 July 2020
Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) – The Court rejects the appeal brought by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from the Decision of the ICAO Council
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Press release No. 2020/19

2 July 2020
Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) – The Court to deliver its Judgments on Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 3 p.m.
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Press release No. 2020/19

2 July 2020
Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article II, Section 2, of the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) – The Court to deliver its Judgments on Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 3 p.m.
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English French

Press release No. 2020/18

30 June 2020
Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela) – Conclusion of the public hearing held on Tuesday 30 June 2020 – The Court to begin its deliberation
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Press release No. 2020/17

26 June 2020
Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela) – Schedule for the public hearing to be held on Tuesday 30 June 2020
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Press release No. 2020/16

25 June 2020
Rules of Court regarding hearings and the reading of Judgments by video link
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Press release No. 2020/15

29 May 2020
Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela) – Public hearings by videoconference
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Press release No. 2020/14

26 May 2020
Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) – Extension of the time-limits for the filing of the initial pleadings
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English French

Press release No. 2020/13

22 May 2020
Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya) – Public hearings postponed until March 2021
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Press release No. 2020/12

24 April 2020
Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim (Guatemala/Belize) Extension of the time-limits for the filing of the initial pleadings
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Press release No. 2020/11

23 April 2020
The Court adopts measures to ensure the continued fulfilment of its mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Press release No. 2020/10

7 April 2020
The ICJ extends the period during which no hearings will be held
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Press release No. 2020/9

20 March 2020
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICJ has adopted measures to ensure the continuous fulfilment of its mandate
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Press release No. 2020/8

17 March 2020
Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela) – The Court has decided to postpone until further notice the public hearings due to open on Monday 23 March 2020
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Press release No. 2020/7

21 February 2020
Mr. Jean-Pelé Fomété re-elected Deputy-Registrar of the International Court of Justice
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Press release No. 2020/6

21 February 2020
Immunities and Criminal Proceedings (Equatorial Guinea v. France) – Conclusion of the public hearings – The Court to begin its deliberation
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Press release No. 2020/5

6 February 2020
Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela) – The Court to hold public hearings from Monday 23 to Friday 27 March 2020
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Press release No. 2020/4

28 January 2020
Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) – Fixing of time-limits for the filing of the initial pleadings
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English French

Press release No. 2020/3

23 January 2020
Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) – The Court indicates provisional measures in order to preserve certain rights claimed by The Gambia for the protection of the Rohingya in Myanmar
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Press release No. 2020/2

16 January 2020
Immunities and Criminal Proceedings (Equatorial Guinea v. France) – The Court to hold public hearings from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020
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Press release No. 2020/1

15 January 2020
Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) – Request for the indication of provisional measures – The Court to deliver its Order on Thursday 23 January 2020 at 10 a.m.
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By
Robert Williams
Editor in Chief

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