International Commission of Jurists

JUSTICE is the UK section of the International Commission of Jurists – a global body dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights.

What distinguishes the ICJ is its impartial, objective and authoritative legal approach to the protection and promotion of human rights through the rule of law.

The ICJ provides legal expertise at both the international and national levels to ensure that developments in international law adhere to human rights principles and that international standards are implemented at the national level.

Since the founding International Congress of Jurists hosted in West Berlin in 1952, the ICJ has defined the rule of law and made important contributions to the elaboration of principles and norms of international human rights law.

During that time, the ICJ has been a powerful advocate for justice – through pioneering activities, including:

• inquiry commissions
• trial observations
• fact-finding missions
• public denunciations
• quiet diplomacy

The ICJ is based in Geneva. Its current president is Prof. Robert Goldman, and British lawyer and former President of the European Court of Human Rights Sir Nicholas Bratza is serving his first term as a Commissioner.

For more information visit the ICJ’s website.

Read an article by former president, the late Professor Sir Nigel Rodley on The Contribution of British NGOs to the Development of International Law

At the 19th World Congress of the ICJ held in Tunisia on 23-24 March, some 100 distinguished judges, lawyers came together to adopt the Tunis Declaration on Reinforcing the Rule of Law. JUSTICE attended and contributed to the programme. You can find the Declaration on the ICJ website here.