Law and practice of the International Court available online

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The Law Library now provides online access to Rosenne’s Law and Practice of the International Court, considered to be the leading work on the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The first editions were written by Shabtai Rosenne, who was a professor of international law, diplomat, and leading expert on the Court of Justice.

The online edition is the fifth edition, which was updated through 2015 by Malcolm Shaw. Like previous editions, it is divided into four volumes:

  • Volume I: history of the Court and its role within the United Nations; discussion of the diplomatic, political, and administrative aspects of the ICJ;
  • Volume II: Jurisdiction and the treatment of jurisdictional matters by the Court
  • Volume III: analysis of the procedure of the Court;
  • Volume IV: texts of the UN Charter, ICJ Statute, Rules of the Court, and the Court’s Practice Directions.

Case law of the ICJ
Case law of the International Court of Justice can be found on the Court’s website, under the Cases tab. This includes contentious cases, advisory proceedings, as well as a list of pending cases. Cases are also published in the International Law Reports, available through JustisOne.

Collected Courses / Recueil des Cours
The seat of the ICJ is at the Peace Palace in The Hague, which also houses the Hague Academy of International Law. Courses at the Hague Academy are published in the Collected Courses, a prestigious collection of over 400 monographs on public and private international law.
All books published in this series are available online and accessible through the Library’s subscription.

Other books and resources
Other books on the International Court of Justice in the Law Library’s collection (in print and online) can be found using the UvA CataloguePlus. Among the notable books in the collection is The International Court of Justice by Hugh Thirlway, former Principal Legal Secretary of the ICJ.

More resources are listed in the research guide International Court of Justice created by the Peace Palace Library. This guide contains several open access articles, a bibliography, and references to other relevant websites.