International Court of Justice

International Court of Justice Overview

HS | Experienced Delegates
Grades 10-12 | 1 team of up to 3 students per school

ICJ Resource Folder (Click Here)
Click above for Case Assignments, Materials, and Program Guide

There are a limited number of spaces for ICJ teams at each KUNA, reserved on a first-come, first-served basis when schools submit their KUNA Intent Form.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is one of the principal bodies of the UN. It mediate disputes between UN member states (countries), and provides advice to the General Assembly on issues relating to international law.

The ICJ does not put individuals on trial; only member states of the UN may participate in the proceedings of the court. States may present cases on behalf of other entities (e.g. companies or groups of people within their own jurisdictions).

The ICJ hears two kinds of cases:

  • Contentious Cases: Cases in which two or more states are in disagreement about a point of International Law or treaty requirements. The ICJ may exercise its jurisdiction in such cases only if both states agree to such jurisdiction, or if the provisions of the treaty in question include a clause granting the ICJ jurisdiction in case of conflict.
  • Advisory Cases: The General Assembly, and other bodies of the United Nations, may request Advisory Opinions from the Court in order to clarify a point of International Law or procedure. Such cases are not directed at specific states, although the decision of the court theoretically applies to all states within the United Nations.

ICJ teams will be assigned one side of either an Advisory Case or a Contentious Case. Each team will present between 2-3 rounds of oral arguments based on the case they are assigned. ICJ Presidents & Justices will hear the oral arguments and score each team.


Delegate Roles

All ICJ delegates serve as Advocates in teams of up to 3. Each ICJ team will be assigned (1 month prior to KUNA) the applicant or respondent position for either the Advisory or Contentious Case. Your team will have 15 minutes to present your side of your assigned case. If you are serving as the Applicant, you will be able to reserve up to 5 minutes of that time for a rebuttal (closing argument).


Supporting Officers

Justices (4)
Chosen by ICJ | Open to Experienced Delegates (Gr. 10-12)

  • Must attend Supporting Officer Training prior to KUNA
  • Must review and understand their assigned case in addition to preparing lines of questioning for the applicants and respondents on the case.
  • Justices will act as leaders for the ICJ, helping lead scoring and the selection process for future Justioces
  • Attend either GFI or LTC
  • 2 Justices will hear Advisory Cases with one ICJ President, and 2 will hear Contentious Cases with the other ICJ President


Presiding Officers

ICJ Presidents (2)
Chosen by ICJ

The ICJ is presided over by the ICJ Presidents. Each President will be assigned one of the cases, and will preside over hearings with those delegates serving as Justices for that case. The Presidents will be help organize and facilitate the Deliberations following each hearing.


Assembly Agenda

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