International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946.

The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York (United States of America).

The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.

The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. It is assisted by a Registry, its administrative organ. Its official languages are English and French.


Ukraine v Russian Federation (Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination)

The Chairpersons

Hi, everyone! My name is Elena and I am beyond grateful to be chairing again at the MUN where I first did so, alongside my dear friend, Radu. As LazărMUN is a very special conference to me, I’ll be travelling from Amsterdam, where I study Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics in order to preside over my soul committee, ICJ, with two great co-presidents. As for a little info about me, beyond my field of study, I am very passionate about writing and astrology- the fact that I’m a Scorpio can tell a lot about me. I can’t wait to help make this edition unforgettable!

Hello! I’m Radu and I’m a senior at Gheorghe Lazăr. My passion for these conferences started in the sophomore year and I’d love to finish my MUN path with one that has a special place in my heart. I recently participated in an ICJ committee and it was a fantastic and unique experience, so I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be one of the presidents of this edition’s trial.

Hello everyone! My name is Bianca (but I like to be called Bia) and it is my greatest pleasure to return to LazărMUN for my 16th MUN conference, this time as a President of a committee that I am deeply in love with, the ICJ. I would describe myself as a passionate, ambitious, yet volcanic person, always willing to take on new challenges, and I believe that the fact that I am a Libra doesn’t reflect in my personality. And about music, my all-time favourite song is “More than words”, but lately I have been into the music of the 2000’s.