What is the International Court of Justice? The Role and Activities of the ICJ

United Nations – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and the world’s highest international court.

It has a dual role: to settle in accordance with international law the legal disputes submitted to it by UN Member States, and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized international organs and agencies of the UN system.

This short film (available in over 50 languages) presents its main features.

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  1. المحكومة الدولية عملي في سلام كل علم 国机法院工太平全世 международный суд ООН работают за мира округ все света Corta International de Justicia trabaja para paz en el mundo

  2. what is the point though if they are so slow to act over for example the UK government support of Genocide in Indonesia.. either act or close down as a waste of money..

  3. "DEAR UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE: SINCERELY THE BULK LOADS, OF HUMANS ARE NOT ABLE, TO PROVE MEANINGFULL, THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE, BECAUSE, OF THE WORLDWIDE DESPOTIC VOLITIONS REGIMES, WHICH MAKE VIRTUALLY MEANINGLESS "THE OUTCOME SAYS, FOR THE ICJ": ALLEGEDLY.

  4. SO NOW..KEPADA PEMERINTAH MEMERINTAH YANG MANA NEGARA KORAPSI..MESTI ADA MASALAH PEMERINTAH MEMERINTAH SESEBUAH NEGARA KORAPSI RAKYAT ASALBUMI HIDUP MERANA..UTAMAKAN RAKYAT ASAL BUMI..UTAMAKAN..

  5. Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump are responsible for deporting parents from the USA to South and Central America while their children are still detained in the USA. Many of those children will NEVER be reunited with their parents, they will forever remain orphans.
    Why does the International Court of Justice not start proceedings against these two despicable people??

  6. I doesn't make sense why Court won't take cases related to humans. Human right's violation by the state itself i.e. the incompetence of municipal laws to facilitate the certain natural rights for its members should be given the status of valid case and hence heard and given judgement upon by ICJ. States do keep their citizens as hostages.

  7. China: "the world's biggest camera surveillance network"
    If we do not shape the future properly, humanity will one day be controlled by the system of computers! And this system will not be the Kingdom of god but a continuation of a system imposed on us! And they will be able to monitor us and control us tottally and not give us the slightest chance to change anything or something! This is the direction the future is going! Therefore, you good people and all nations sign up for a proper healthy world order for humanity and the Planet earth! For the right order of things for the Kingdom of god!

  8. I think it really is enough! How you treat me and this topic with this stupid impossible situation! Many people in the World really suffer every day from this evil capitalism that is a fact also that it is evil! And these terrorists poison our lives and disturbances against all moral values ​​and also against justice that are also facts! It's enough! It is really time that you exercise justice and accomplish it! Thank you!

  9. Why does the court accept applications for saving terrorists? Pakistan shouldn't be arguing a killer Mr Yadav. What a waste of resources. Only because we respect the UN.

  10. The Question that arises is how should we go forward? How should we
    shape our world? How should we deal with problems? What do we do about
    things that we do not find right? How should we get back to a healthy
    order and society? Are there conflicts? How does the Future develop?
    What happens to our planet, do we actually destroy it? What happens to
    humanity? How does humanity live? The Answer is! We are in a
    catastrophe! There is no world peace there is no harmony! We are about
    to destroy the Planet earth! The Situation of humanity is a catastrophe
    every day and in every minute a human life suffers on this planet! I
    have already given you the Way to liberation! It is up to you! How you
    want to shape the Future!

  11. I think the answer to my thesis is socrates! Socrates was a man who
    tried to evaluate and clarify things with logic and facts! There is even
    a reason for his method the Socratic method is called! I think that we
    need exactly such a method as a state form and as a way to govern to
    make certain decisions! Instead of only democratically voting and only
    having interests in the Foreground! That would also be urgently
    necessary for the United nations! If we orient ourselves correctly
    according to logic and facts and according to the Rightness and
    correctness of things I believe this would be the Right way to do
    things! I also think that we urgently need socrates in our society!
    Plato his best student has built institutes called the Academies where
    you have discussed things out and wanted to represent the Correctness!
    And I am the firm conviction that we need something so urgently in our
    society to create a healthy understanding for the Society and subjects
    analyzed and discussed and then the Truth for the Right answer!

  12. I am the Firm conviction that it is important to properly discuss opinions and to evaluate and analyze and to present the Truth to it! And we would need institutes but also in the Media where the Various opinions are discussed and analyzed and edited so to arrive at the Right truth! There are people who are able to do so as I discover these disputes correctly! But I am also the Prevalence that other people are also able to do so. But the Problem is that often there are personal interests in the Foreground of the People that does not let them speak the Truth or there are people who try to cover up the Truth with poison in order to achieve their goals they mix the Truth with poison to achieve their goals! That's why I think it's important that we edit opinions properly to come to truth and thus arrive at a healthy consciousness of the Society, like in the Old time of the Ancient greeks, bring this kind of institution back to life! Back then, they were much further afield in that matter than we are today!

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