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International Law: International Courts & Tribunals

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students find international legal materials.

International courts & tribunals


The main principle behind international courts and tribunals is the commitment to resolve disputes between states by peaceful means.

There are a number of international courts and tribunals in the world, some operate under the frameworks of the United Nations, whereas others operate independently.

See below for links to major international courts, and tribunals. For more information, explore the research guides at the end of the page.



The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the main judicial organ of the United Nations, and its role is to settle legal disputes submitted to it by member states.

Other Independent Courts

Ad hoc tribunals


Other useful resources


Research Guides