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The International Court of Justice and the Judicial Function

Gleider I Hernández


The ascertainment by a court of a principle of law has a constitutive, and not merely a declaratory character. Accordingly, the judicial function plays an important role in the safeguarding of the coherence of the legal system in which it operates. The International Court of Justice, principal judicial organ of the United Nations, is no exception; the most august of all international courts, it sees significant normative force attached to its judgments, and is thus cast as an important player in the process of developing international law. In this book, the Court serves as a heuristic device, ... More

Keywords: International Court of Justice, development of international law, judicial function, jurisdiction, inherent powers of international courts, impartiality, theory of precedent, normative authority international community, completeness of international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gleider I Hernández, author
Lecturer in Law, Durham Law School