About the ICJ

The International Commission of Jurists Victoria is an independent sub-national affiliate of the Geneva-based international Non-Governmental Organisation of the same name. It is a membership-based organization composed of jurists in Victoria, including judges, magistrates, solicitors, barristers, law students, and legal academics.

ICJ Victoria is committed to the primacy, coherence, and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights. It defends the rule of law and the proper administration of justice.

ICJ Victoria is distinguished from other organizations by its impartial, objective, and authoritative legal approach to the protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law.

The global organisation:

Established in 1952 and active on six continents, the ICJ is a Geneva-based international NGO. The organization aims to ensure the progressive development and effective implementation of international human rights and international humanitarian law; secure the realization of civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights; safeguard the separation of powers, and guarantee the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.

ICJ holds consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the Organisation of African Unity.

More history of the ICJ https://www.icj.org/history/

The Commission:

The International Commission of Jurists is comprised of up to sixty lawyers (including senior judges, attorneys, and academics) dedicated to ensuring respect for international human rights standards through the law. Commissioners are known for their experience, knowledge, and a fundamental commitment to human rights. The composition of the Commission aims to reflect the geographical diversity of the world and its many legal systems.

More on Commissioners https://www.icj.org/commission/

Vision

The ICJ strives for:

  • A world in which, through the Rule of Law, a just, democratic and peaceful society is achieved, arbitrary exercise of power is prevented, rights and freedoms are expanded, and social justice is embraced.
  • A world in which, through the Rule of Law, everyone is able to realize and exercise, without discrimination, his or her civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights, and in which the rights of the most marginalized are particularly addressed.
  • A world in which everyone is equal before the law and protected from human rights violations by the law and in practice; one in which those in power are held accountable for human rights violations; where justice is administered in accordance with due process of law; where victims have access to effective remedies and justice; and those who come before the courts receive a fair trial and never face the death penalty.

Mission

The ICJ’s mission is:

  • To ensure that international law, especially human rights and humanitarian law, is utilized effectively for protection, particularly for the most vulnerable, and is implemented through effective national and international procedures.
  • To promote and expand the Rule of Law as a dynamic concept through which civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights are safeguarded and advanced.
  • To advance the understanding that the Rule of Law requires that states, under the principle of separation of powers, develop effective executive, judicial and legislative institutions and measures, as checks and balances, to respect and protect the human rights of all.
  • To assist judges, lawyers and prosecutors, acting under the highest ethical standards and professional integrity, to be independent, impartial, and free to carry out their professional duties.

Awards:

The ICJ has been awarded the first European Human Rights Prize (1980); the Wateler Peace Prize (1984); the Erasmus Prize (1989); and the United Nations Human Rights Award (1993).

The ICJ was also designated in 1987 as a Peace Messenger by the United Nations General Assembly as part of its International Year of Peace. The ICJ holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the Council of Europe, and the African Union. The ICJ also maintains cooperative relations with various bodies of the Organization of American States.

Last but not least, the ICJ is one of the 10 Jury member organizations of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

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