International Court of Justice

Accessibility Options

Presentations on the work of the Court

The Information Department offers presentations to groups of between 10 and 70 persons covering the history, workings and activities of the Court. They last approximately one hour. Presentations are available in English and French, and are free of charge. No presentations are given during public hearings/sittings of the Court, or at weekends.

How to apply


  • Requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance, using the online application form. They must contain the name and contact details of the contact person accompanying the group, as well as the total number of participants expected. The full list of participants can be sent up to 10 days prior to a visit, using the Excel sheet which is available to download on the Court's website.
  • Requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance.
  • Groups are required to make a request by filling in the Application form for Presentations on the Work of the ICJ and submitting it according to the instructions provided in the form.


  • Once the request is accepted, you'll receive a confirmation email which will contain an excel sheet document. Please provide the list of participants using this document, without changing the format, at least 10 days before the visit to the Court.
  • In view of its limited staff numbers, the Department cannot accommodate all the requests that it receives. We therefore apologize in advance to all those wishing to visit whose requests are unsuccessful.
  • Minor changes to the number of visitors will be accepted up to five workings days before the visit. Any such changes must be confirmed with the Information Department by e-mail.


  • Should you decide to cancel your visit, please inform the Information Department by telephone or e-mail as soon as possible.
  • Please note that, on occasion, the Information Department may be obliged to cancel visits at short notice, due to public hearings/sittings of the Court or other unforeseen circumstances. The Court cannot accept any responsibility in such cases.

Visitors are asked to be punctual and to arrive at the gates of the Peace Palace at least 10 minutes before their visit is due to start, in order to go through security screening.

Rules governing visits

Visitors are reminded that they will be entering an international court and are therefore asked to observe appropriate standards of conduct.

  • Anyone entering the Peace Palace grounds must undergo security checks. Access will not be granted unless security staff are satisfied that all the necessary conditions have been met. In the interests of public order, children are not accepted.
  • Visitors must carry valid proof of identity (passport, identity card or driver's licence).
  • Visitors are requested to dress suitably (no beachwear, provocative attire or displays of potentially offensive insignia).
  • Visitors are advised not to leave their belongings unattended inside the Peace Palace. The ICJ can accept no responsibility for these.

For additional information, please contact the Information Department:

Telephone: + 31 (0)70 302 2396
Fax: + 31 (0)70 302 2338
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