The International Court of Justice

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This chapter examines the effectiveness of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It assesses the goals of the ICJ and the factors controlling judicial outcomes. A predominant goal of the ICJ is to represent the idea of legality in international relations and the aspirations of the international legal profession as to the transformative effects of international adjudication — in law enforcement, in law development, and in legitimating law and institutions. If so, the record of the Court's resilience and durability, together with the fact that judges, states, and scholars continue to subscribe to and express shared beliefs as to its goals and actual functioning, attest to the its considerable success in embodying and projecting the promise of international adjudication.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAssessing the Effectiveness of International Courts
EditorsYuval Shany
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780191749087
ISBN (Print)9780199643295
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2014

Publication series

NameInternational courts and tribunals series
PublisherOxford University Press


  • international courts
  • court effectiveness
  • goal-based model
  • judicial outcomes
  • international adjudication international courts
  • international adjudication
  • Public International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • International Courts and Tribunals


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