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Thursday, April 18, 2013

International Court of Justice first convened
Kyle Webster at 12:00 AM ET

On April 18, 1946, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) convened for the first time at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, pursuant to the statute commissioning its existence. This coincided with the formal dissolution of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the League of Nations. While the ICJ first met on this day, the first case, United Kingdom v. Albania, did not occur until nearly two years later, in March 1948. Since its founding in the United Nations Charter, the ICJ's role has been to settle disputes between various nations and to advise the United Nations (UN) on legal issues.

Seal of the ICJ

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