Sir Christopher Greenwood - On the ICJ as a central part of the United Nations
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About the Event
Sir Christopher Greenwood is a former British judge on the International Court of Justice. He has previously lectured in international law at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. He is now Master of Magdalene College Cambridge.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today is based on a history of previous ad-hoc and permanent international arbitration bodies dating back to the American Civil War.
The fundamental principle of consent to abide by the decision of the court is particularly important in international law, as neither the ICJ nor the UNSC can compel a country to submit to the jurisdiction of the court without the nation having signed a treaty.
The ICJ can only hear cases between nations, not those brought by individuals. The court is only entitled to interpret the specific treaty under discussion, not the moral beliefs that the public may hold over an issue.
For those who wish to pursue a career in international law or diplomacy, a grasp of international history and foreign languages is extremely useful to understand the legal and cultural complexities of international disputes.