Assessing the Effectiveness of the International Court of Justice

Rotem Giladi, Yuval Shany

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The chapter assesses the effectiveness of the ICJ. The authors set out an evaluative framework for assessing the Court’s effectiveness, adopting a goals-based analysis. They identify the ICJ’s goals, and then consider the structural features of the Court that assist and hinder it from achieving those goals. By reference to specific examples, the authors then consider whether the ICJ has achieved its goals in practice, concluding that its record of achievement produces mixed results, but highlighting the Court’s success in preserving confidence in international adjudication.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to
Subtitle of host publicationThe International Court of Justice
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781108766241
ISBN (Print)9781108487252
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Dispute settlement
  • Effectiveness
  • Goal-based analysis
  • Judgment compliance
  • Judicial impartiality
  • Judicial independence
  • Judicial legitimacy
  • Law development
  • Legitimisation
  • Norm-compliance

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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