The International Court of Justice is often commonly referred to as the "World Court." It is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations.
The ICJ is based in The Hague, Netherlands. Its main functions are to settle legal disputes submitted to it by states - often dealing with border or resources issues. The court also provides advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by duly authorized international branches, agencies, and the UN General Assembly. This is a collection of recent DW coverage on the ICJ.
The ICJ has ruled in a century-old debate between two South American neighbors over one controversial coastline — and the ruling is not to Bolivia's liking. Chile and Bolivia have butted heads over sea access since 1904.
A referendum in Guatemala is letting voters decide whether the International Court of Justice will have the final say in a centuries-old dispute over around half of neighboring Belize. But voter apathy could run high.
Britain has pulled its candidate for a seat on the International Court of Justice, allowing a judge from India to fill the final place. Some analysts say the decision is proof of the UK's waning international influence.