International Court of Justice (ICJ) – Advanced Committee
The ICJ, being the principal judicial organ of the UN, is charged with the settlement of legal disputes between UN member states. The ICJ also offers advisory opinions to authorised UN bodies and specialised agencies. It has judged on a wide range of legal cases in the past, including United Kingdom v. Albania over the Corfu Channel, Nicaragua v. United States over the US’ support of the Contras. The Court is composed of 15 judges, headed by the president and vice-president of the Court, and assisted by the Registrar.
As far as possible, the OxIMUN ICJ will be run in accordance with the official Rules of Procedure of the Court. It is essential that judges, and the presidents in particular, are familiar with all relevant sections and articles of these rules. However, within that framework, the chairing team will be allowed quite broad discretion concerning the conduct of the case. All judges are expected to remain strictly impartial and must not try to engage in their own external research beyond the evidence presented in Court and the Study Guides provided by the chairing team.