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Permanent Court of International Justice

Series A: Collection of Judgments (1923-1930)
Series B: Collection of Advisory Opinions (1923-1930)
Series A/B: Collection of Judgments, Orders and Advisory Opinions (from 1931)
Series C: Acts and documents relating to Judgments and Advisory Opinions given by the Court / Pleadings, Oral Arguments and Documents
Series D: Acts and Documents concerning the organization of the Court
Series E: Annual Reports
Series F: General Indexes
Other documents


The publications of the International Court of Justice are published by the Registry, in several series, some of which are available in electronic version.

Judgments, advisory opinions and orders

This series contains both the English and French versions of the Court’s decisions. Each decision is published as soon as possible after it has been given, in an unbound fascicle, which is sold separately. So that all the decisions in a given year can be assembled and bound, the page numbering is continuous for all the fascicles in that year.

Early each year an index is published of the previous year’s decisions, which may also be purchased separately. The collected decisions, with index, for each year may be obtained bound in one to three volumes.

Official citation of the series: I.C.J. Reports, with an indication of the year, e.g. Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995 (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia v. Greece), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2011 (II), p. 644.

Pleadings, oral arguments, documents

Volumes in this series are published after the termination of each case and contain the documentation relating to the case in the original language, i.e. English or French. This comprises the document instituting proceedings, the written pleadings and (selected) annexes, the verbatim records of the oral proceedings, any documents submitted to the Court after the closure of the written proceedings, and selected correspondence.

Official citation: I.C.J. Pleadings, with the short title of the case, e.g. I.C.J. Pleadings, Dispute regarding Navigational and Related Rights (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua), Vol. I.

Acts and Documents

No. 6 is the latest issue in this series. It contains the Charter of the United Nations, the Statute and Rules of Court along with Practice Directions and other basic texts.

Acts and Documents No. 6

Official citation: Acts and Documents No. 6.


In the second half of each year a Yearbook is published describing the work of the Court from 1August of the preceding year to 31July of the current year. This publication used to be issued in separate English (Yearbook) and French (Annuaire) versions, but since No.68 it has been published as a bilingual version.

Annuaire-Yearbook 2015-2016 (No. 70)

Abbreviated reference: C.I.J. Annuaire-I.C.J. Yearbook with an indication of the year covered, e.g. C.I.J. Annuaire-I.C.J. Yearbook 2015-2016.


Each year the Registry issues a bibliography listing the works and documents referring to the Court that have come to its attention during the previous year.

I.C.J. Bibliography No. 57

Abbreviated reference: I.C.J. Bibliography, with the serial number of the volume, e.g. I.C.J. Bibliography No.57.

To celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2006, the Court published two special works:

  • An illustrated book entitled The International Court of Justice;
  • A Dialogue at the Court, proceedings of the Colloquium organized in co-operation with UNITAR.

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Permanent Court of International Justice in 2012, the Court published:

  • An illustrated book entitled The Permanent Court of International Justice.
The Permanent Court of International Justice

In 2014, the Court published its sixth edition of the Handbook. Its purpose is to provide the general public with a simple, comprehensible overview of the history, composition, jurisdiction, procedure and decisions of the International Court of Justice.


The International Court of Justice does not have its own sales department. For details of how to order all publications, please consult the Catalogue and Addendum to Catalogue and address your orders to [email protected] (Europe, Africa and Middle East) or [email protected] (Americas, Asia and the Pacific).