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Ms. Vera Gowlland-Debbas

Ms. Vera Gowlland-Debbas
Professor of Public International Law
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

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Courts and Tribunals
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
The International Court of Justice
as the Principal Judicial Organ of the United Nations
The lecture approaches the International Court of Justice from the perspective of the specificity of the Court’s status within the framework of the United Nations and, in particular, the Organisation’s peace maintenance function; it thus underlines the close symbiosis between the Charter and the Statute and examines the way the Court conceives itself in turn as a “principal”, “judicial” and “principal judicial” organ as well as how this may affect its general role and responsibilities. It concludes that the dual functions of the Court - both as principal judicial organ of the UN and as World Court acting as an organ of international law - should increasingly come together and reduce the tensions and ambiguities inherent in this dédoublement fonctionnel.

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Courts and Tribunals
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
The International Court of Justice as the Principal Organ of the United Nations
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