ICJ AO Pathway 

The ICJ accepts requests for an advisory opinion from a limited number of entities specifically authorised to do so under the Charter of the United Nations. This includes the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The request takes the legal form of a UNGA resolution, adopted by a simple majority of UN member states present and voting.

The ICJ Resolution was adopted by unanimous consensus at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on 29 March 2023. 

Here is a briefing on the legal proceedings and court process at the ICJ after the UNGA adoption. 

The Advisory Proceedings are well underway at the International Court of Justice

In order to ensure that the perspectives of particularly vulnerable countries are considered by the Court, it is essential that States in the Global South, regional and sub-regional international organizations and specialized UN agencies participate fully and effectively in the advisory opinion proceedings.

The deadlines set by the Registrar of the ICJ are as follows:

The Government of the Republic of Vanuatu, and its partners, have offered and mobilised technical and financial resources to vulnerable Countries to be able to engage effectively in the advisory opinion proceedings. 

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