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New Zealand at the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established by the United Nations Charter to act as a world court. New Zealand is one of only about 60 States to have made a declaration accepting the ICJ’s jurisdiction as compulsory. This means both that New Zealand has the right to bring any State that has made such a declaration before the ICJ, and that New Zealand has agreed to appear before the ICJ if proceedings are brought against it by another such State.

Sir Kenneth Keith is the first New Zealander to be elected as a Judge of the ICJ. He was elected by the UN General Assembly and Security Council in 2005 to serve a ten-year term.

New Zealand has appeared before the International Court of Justice three times since it began its work in 1946.



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