The ICJ, commonly referred to as the “world court”, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The ICJ’s role is to settle legal disputes submitted to it by States in accordance with international law, and to provide advisory opinions on legal questions submitted by UN organs and other international agencies.
Its decisions are considered the strongest statement on what international law is in a disputed situation. Judgments are final and without appeal and are binding on the parties concerned.
The Court’s decisions are officially published in the Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions andOrders (1947 - ), accessible on the ICJ website and on Westlaw (INT-ICJ).