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


For details of all the titles published by the International Court of Justice from its establishment in 1946 until 31 July 2023, please consult its Catalogue. The New Publications catalogue presents the publications released between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023.

The Court’s printed and digital publications are sold by the United Nations Publications (please contact [email protected] for general enquiries) on the following websites: or Eurospan (printed publications) and UN-iLibrary (digital publications)

Orders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East or China should be addressed either to [email protected] (for individual orders and enquiries) or to [email protected] (for trade orders and enquiries). Orders from the Americas, Asia or the Pacific should be addressed to [email protected].

A number of distributors around the world also sell the Court’s publications (see the list in the Court’s Catalogue).

Catalogue 2022-2023
New Publications 2022-2023

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. 8 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. 8

Official citation: Acts and Documents No. 8.


In the second half of each year a Yearbook is published describing the work of the Court from 1   August of the preceding year to 31   July 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 2013-2014 (No. 68)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2014-2015 (No. 69)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2015-2016 (No. 70)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2016-2017 (No. 71)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2017-2018 (No. 72)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2018-2019 (No. 73)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2019-2020 (No. 74)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2020-2021 (No. 75)
Annuaire-Yearbook 2021-2022 (No. 76)

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 2021-2022.


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. 62

Abbreviated reference: I.C.J. Bibliography, with the serial number of the volume, e.g. I.C.J. Bibliography No.62.

Commemorative and special publications

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

To mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the inaugural sitting of the ICJ, the Court published a book entitled The International Court of Justice: 75 Years in the Service of Peace and Justice. It was produced with the general public in mind and uses clear and accessible language to describe the Court and its activities.

The International Court of Justice: 75 Years in the Service of Peace and Justice

An accessible e-book version of this publication for the visually impaired and people with print reading disabilities is currently available from Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google Play.


In 2019, the Court published the latest 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.


Official gifts and donations

This booklet, produced by the Registry of the International Court of Justice, presents the gifts and donations that States, judges and others have offered to the ICJ and its predecessor, the Permanent Court of International Justice, in the last one hundred years.

Official gifts and donations