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The International Court of Justice: a contemporary court
29 Sep 2015 -  “70 years UN is a time of reviewing and looking forward how to adapt the UN to the needs and complexities of this age. This is also true for the International Court of Justice, one of the principal organs of the UN, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in April 2016.
Cases have become more complex and have moved into new fields not anticipated at the time of adopting the Charter and the ICJ Statute. Treaties with compromissory clauses are increasingly specialized and cover a wide range of topics, resulting in a variety of, sometimes very technical, issues to be dealt with by the Court. At the same time, the acceptance by States of the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court remains important for the functioning of the international legal order.
As the host country, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, stands ready to support the work of the Court in clarifying its role, and strengthening the cooperation with the main organs of the UN in New York.

Objective: The objective of the event is to raise awareness on the work of the Court, demonstrate how it has adapted over the years and as a contemporary court stands ready to promote the peaceful settlement of disputes in the world. The focus is on the continued relevance of the Court for the future as demonstrated by the ability of the Court to adapt its work to contemporary problems and to the development of international law, as for instance demonstrated by recent decisions on land and maritime boundaries, the environment and the situation in former Yugoslavia.”

An event hosted by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Co-hosted by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania and H.E. Thomas Boni Yayi, President of Benin.
Organized in cooperation with the International Court of Justice.