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Vera Gowlland-Debbas on the ICJ as the Principal Judicial Organ of the UN
22 May 2008 -  Ms. Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Professor of Public International Law Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

"The International Court of Justice as the Principal Judicial Organ of the United Nations"
The lecture approaches the International Court of Justice from the perspective of the specificity of the Court’s status within the framework of the United Nations and, in particular, the Organisation’s peace maintenance function; it thus underlines the close symbiosis between the Charter and the Statute and examines the way the Court conceives itself in turn as a “principal”, “judicial” and “principal judicial” organ as well as how this may affect its general role and responsibilities. It concludes that the dual functions of the Court - both as principal judicial organ of the UN and as World Court acting as an organ of international law - should increasingly come together and reduce the tensions and ambiguities inherent in this dédoublement fonctionnel.