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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 General Assembly has requested advisory opinions of the Court in the following case(s):

  • Conditions of Admission of a State to Membership in the United Nations (Article 4 of the Charter)
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  • Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations
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  • Interpretation of Peace Treaties with Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania
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  • Competence of the General Assembly for the Admission of a State to the United Nations
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  • International Status of South West Africa
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  • Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
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  • Effect of Awards of Compensation Made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal
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  • Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa
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  • Admissibility of Hearings of Petitioners by the Committee on South West Africa
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  • Certain Expenses of the United Nations (Article 17, paragraph 2, of the Charter)
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  • Western Sahara
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  • Applicability of the Obligation to Arbitrate under Section 21 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement of 26 June 1947
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  • Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons
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  • Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
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  • Accordance with international law of the unilateral declaration of independence in respect of Kosovo (Request for Advisory Opinion)
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