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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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He said the Ortega government should continue to demand Colombian compliance with the World Court and lobby the UN for international support.
Medellin argued that the authority to "say what the law is" could be given by treaty to the World Court.
But the Supreme Court has indicated that should Congress enact legislation to comply with World Court decisions, the Constitution could find itself relegated to an inferior position vis-a-vis the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies.
Roh has good reason to leave the matter to the World Court if he is so self-assured about the legitimacy of his country's stand in the dispute.
The World Court in Action is more than a chronological review of the court's development.
The United States was one of only eight countries in the 191-member General Assembly to vote against the resolution to seek an advisory opinion from the World Court.
Israeli Chief Justice Aharon Barak disagreed with the World Court, insisting Israel had a right to take measures within occupied territory to bolster its security.
The Israeli government is clearly concerned about the fact that the UN General Assembly has asked the World Court for an advisory opinion on the issue.
AHEAD of a world court hearing over Israel's West Bank barrier, a Palestinian suicide bomber killed eight passengers on a Jerusalem rush- hour bus, and Israeli officials said it was proof of why the controversial fence was needed.
The EU has written to the World Court (ICJ) to express its opposition to the opening of legal action against the West Bank security barrier that Israel is building.
The rebuke the Reagan Administration received from the World Court for its Contra War operations receives a mention, as do the multiple plots against Castro and Cuba.
The United States must allow for any legal proceedings to be conducted by a properly constituted international body either under UN guidance or via the auspices of the World Court.
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