UN World Court at 70 "remains as relevant as ever"

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A view of the Peace Palace in The Hague, the headquarters of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in 1957. UN Photo/VW

Resolving disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law has never been more important than now, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.

A ceremony was held in The Hague to mark the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice or ICJ.

The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN, settles legal disputes submitted to it by Member States.

Jane Cangelosi has the story.

The International Court of Justice has stepped in effectively where diplomatic or political measures have failed, helping countries settle their disputes peacefully, Ban Ki-moon said.

Some of the cases referred to the Court since 1946 range from maritime disputes, to the nuclear arms race and more recently, a case filed by the Democratic Republic of Congo against Uganda for alleging acts of armed aggression.

The Court is composed of 15 judges who are elected for 9-year terms.

Here's the UN Chief.

"If the path of peace is chosen, if States entrust the Judges of this august institution to determine their differences, stability is fostered and the broader international community benefits."

Urging countries to accept the Court's jurisdiction, Mr Ban underscored the relevance of the ICJ and its work today for the international community.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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