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Abstract: The International Court of Justice is charged with serving the bodies of the United Nations along with its member-states. Its authority and objectivity has been questioned on numerous occasions. The Statute of the International Court of Justice, included in the United Nations Charter, does not require all states to recognize the jurisdiction of the Court, leading the majority of UN members to reject its power. With the Security Council charged with executing its decisions but only one permanent member recognizing its authority, there is a conflict of interest. The judge selection process has received much criticism as the Security Council elects the judges, creating a process that is open to political influence. Some argue that the practice of introducing ad hoc judges that represent each party in a case disrupts the impartiality of the Court while others claim it serves to strengthen it. This essay examines the Court’s lack of authority and, perhaps, impartiality as well.
Author: Shree Mehrotra is currently a second-year in the College pursuing a major in Environmental Science.