The Report of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the period from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2011 was presented before the General Assembly of the UN on 26 October 2011 by the ICJ President, Judge Owada. In his speech Judge Owada pointed out that the cases before the Court have involved States from all regions of the world, and have raised a broad range of legal questions. After explaining in some detail the activity of the Court during the reporting period, Judge Owada eloquently stated:
In this twenty-first century, international politics are undeniably inter-connected; a truly global economy has emerged; and our natural environment and global climate change have created new challenges. In these times of unprecedented interconnection between States and peoples, it is my sincere belief that a firm reliance on international law must underpin any and all future developments on the global stage. The International Court of Justice, as guardian of international law, is proud to play a vital role in our increasingly globalized world.
At the moment there are 14 cases pending before the Court. The most recent judgment of the Court was that of 5 December 2011 in the case between FYROM/Macedonia and Greece (see other posts in this blog). For the full report of the 2010-2011 year of the ICJ click here.