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Organs and Agencies of the United Nations Authorized to Request Advisory Opinions

In accordance with the Article 96.1 of the Charter of the United Nations "the General Assembly or the Security Council may request the International Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion on any legal question".

Article 96.2 of the Charter provides that "other organs of the United Nations and specialized agencies, which may at any time be so authorized by the General Assembly, may also request advisory opinions of the Court on legal questions arising within the scope of their activities".

The World Health Organization has requested advisory opinions of the Court in the following case(s):

  • Interpretation of the Agreement of 25 March 1951 between the WHO and Egypt
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  • Legality of the Use by a State of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict
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