World Court: Dignity Without Power

In a huge gingerbread building in The Hague last week, 15 elderly jurists strode solemnly into the courtroom of the International Court of Justice to resume their deliberate deliberation of some of the world's less pressing problems. While the crises in Laos, Berlin, Suez and Cuba get settled—if at all—in the harsher corridors of power politics, the World Court contents itself with less basic disputes. The reason: no major power has so far entrusted the court with the decisions that most matter.

The International Court, taking up where the old League of Nations...

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