The Elgar Companion to the International Court of Justice
Show Less

The Elgar Companion to the International Court of Justice

Robert Kolb

The first in a series of Companions that offer broad coverage of a range of international courts and tribunals, The Elgar Companion to the International Court of Justice is a one-stop reference for those wishing to understand this highly significant and successful court.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 14: Conclusion and outlook

Robert Kolb


The best way to conclude this sketch of the structure and functioning of the ICJ is to take a look into the future. The ICJ will be faced in the coming years with contrasting needs and diverging challenges. It will therefore need a subtle and diverse legal policy in order to remain up to date with the most urgent needs of states in seeking a resolution of their disputes through its judges. There are very many aspects into which we could venture here, and some of them would be more highly speculative than others. However, at least five concerns may be mentioned briefly. The states parties to its system value the ICJ as a serious, prudent and attentive Court. It is slightly conservative and moves forward with care. It takes the greatest amount of time to consider and produce its judgments. Overall it inspires the confidence of states, which now submit a steady flow of cases for its attention. The Court would do well to manoeuvre in such a way as to maintain this state confidence, which does not mean that it should always lean towards a conservative or restrictive jurisprudence. Indeed there are subject areas in which states appreciate some movement towards a modified law to meet changing circumstances, and there are situations where there is an objective need to chart new lands. However, this course – as with any other – should always be engaged with care and reflection.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.