International Court of Justice

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International Court of Justice

Also called the ICJ. The supreme judicial body of the United Nations. It decides disputes between states and rules on questions submitted to it by various international organizations, notably the UN General Assembly. It claims global jurisdiction but this is not universally accepted. It began in 1946 and is based in the Hague. It should not be confused with the International Criminal Court.
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The union of the United Kingdom in contrast is not democratic and would not stand up in an international court of law.
I'd love to see that asked in an international court of law today, with Bush, Blair and Saddam manacled together like the cowering Nuremberg criminals of 60 years ago.
The moral and ethical principle that sovereignty implies the responsibility to protect the life and security of all citizens must be translated into a framework of norms and legal judgements which allow, and even oblige, the Security Council to appeal to an international court of law to assess the evidence which is believed to indicate that a given state is failing in its fundamental responsibility to protect its citizens and is thus no longer entitled to the respect of its sovereignty according to Art.
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