The International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands) and is located in close proximity to The Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Peace Palace Library, The Carnegie Foundation and The Hague Academy of International Law.
Leading academic institutions in international law include:
The Hague Academy of International Law is a centre for high-level education in international law that aims to further scientific and advanced studies into the legal aspects of international relations.
The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law – University of Cambridge provides a forum for the discussion and development of international law and hosts a number of research projects. The Centre aims to provide a framework and forum for critical and constructive thought about the function, content and working of law in the international community, as well as to develop an appreciation of international law as an applied body of rules and principles.
Research projects and networks on International adjudication include:
Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) and the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals is a network of researchers and practitioners sharing a common interest in the study of international courts and tribunals and the implications of their operation for the broader field of international law.
PluriCourts, the Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo studies the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals from legal, political science and philosophical perspectives.
iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen is a research centre dedicated to the study of international courts, their role in a globalising legal order and their impact on politics and society.
Empirical research projects and activities involving the judiciary include:
Eminent Scholars Archive developed by the Squire Law Library documents the careers and achievements of eminent scholars associated with the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, including Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht and Professor James Crawford, a judge at the ICJ.
The Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project, which is part of Brandeis Programs in International Justice and Society, seeks to capture the memories, perspectives, and reflections of the individuals who participated in and observed the rapid institution building that occurred during the early years of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
The Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) provides members of the international judiciary with the opportunity to meet and discuss critical issues concerning the theory and practice of international justice.