International Court of Justice

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established in 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations. The ICJ is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, and it is the only one not located in New York. Rather, the ICJ is located at the Peace Palace in The Hague in the Netherlands. The Court’s mandated role is to settle legal disputes and give advisory legal opinions regarding cases submitted by Member States, in accordance with international law. The Court is composed of 15 Judges who serve nine-year terms and are elected by the General Assembly and the Security Council.

The topics considered at WASMUN 2020:

I. Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda)

II. Relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem (Palestine v. United States of America)

Delegates assigned to this committee are strongly encouraged to read the ICJ explanatory note. Secondly, it was expected that oral proceedings for DR Congo v. Uganda would be held 18-22 November 2019. However, these hearings were postponed, so WASMUN cannot include information from them in an update for topic I. However, WASMUN will still issue an update to topic I during February. Lastly, delegates serving as Advocates for one of the parties to a case are encouraged to read the ICJ Advocate preparation guide (available February).