Doub, George Cochran
April 1962
Foreign Affairs;Apr62, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p463
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the International Court of Justice. In attempting to build a structure for the organization of a peaceful world, the architects of the Charter of the United Nations put major emphasis upon peace-keeping and the renunciation of aggressive force in international relations. An animating principle of the charter was that it pledged its members to forego the use of armed force save in the common interest or in self-defense, and to follow, a policy of non-intervention in the affairs of other countries. The failure of numerous nations to accept the court's jurisdiction, the crippling reservations of others and a general disposition by diplomats not to seek a court decision have left the community of nations with less than a reliable judicial remedy for the redress of actual or fancied wrongs to national interests. Many controversies have arisen which might have been susceptible of impartial jural determination. Yet in the course of the last 16 years, nations have obtained only 19 decisions from the court, and these have been insufficient to enable it to make conspicuous contributions to the development of international law.


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