The International Court of Justice - also commonly known as the World Court or ICJ - is the oldest, most important, and most famous judicial arm of the United Nations. Established by the UN Charter in 1945 and based in the Peace Palace in the Hague, the primary function of the Court is to adjudicate in disputes brought before it by States and to provide authoritative, influential, advisory opinions on matters referred to it by various international organizations, agencies, and the UN General Assembly. Written by Robert Kolb, a leading academic authority who also appears as an advocate before the Court, the book examines the Statute of the Court, along with its procedures, conventions, and practices in a way that will provide invaluable assistance to all international lawyers. The book covers such matters as: the composition of the court and elections * the office and role of ad hoc judges * the significance of the occasional use of smaller Chambers * jurisdiction * the range of contentious disputes which may be submitted to the Court * the status of advisory opinions * relationship to the Security Council * the law applied * preliminary objections * applications to intervene * the status of judgments * remedies. Referring to a wealth of primary and secondary sources, this work provides international lawyers with a readable, comprehensive, and authoritative work of reference which will greatly enhance understanding and knowledge of the ICJ. It is translated from the original French by Alan Perry, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.