The International Court of Justice (the 'World Court') is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. This important collection covers how the court deals with legal disputes between States and provides advisory opinions on the important issues of international law. Readers of this book will obtain a comprehensive overview of the Court, its activities, procedure and contribution to the progressive development of international law. Containing inspirational work by the most prominent experts in the field, as well as an original introduction by the editor, this timely collection will be a crucial resource for scholars and students alike.


‘A very useful compilation of major, authoritative and well selected academic writings on the International Court of Justice that offers an introduction to the academic literature as well as to the jurisprudence.’
– Alain Pellet, French Society for International Law

‘With typical erudition and insight, Professor Schabas has navigated an extensive field of literature, spanning almost nine decades and including the work of over 50 authors from a diverse range of theoretical and professional backgrounds, to curate this far-reaching collection of essays. This collection is essential reading for those wishing to understand the complex historical, legal, political and procedural issues that underpin the operation and jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice today.’
– Yvonne McDermott Rees, Swansea University, UK