International Law: Mankind's Highest Tribunal

For a few days last week, the U.N. had some of the air of a political convention. Delegates lobbied and logrolled to gather votes as 19 candidates competed for five seats on the International Court of Justice — the World Court that meets in The Hague as mankind's highest tribunal.

Composed of 15 members from 15 different nations, the court has no troops, no policemen, no marshals to enforce its decisions. It is set up to judge disputes between nations, but it can function only if the litigants are willing to accept its jurisdiction....

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