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.
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.
ICJ Victoria strives to:
The ICJ’s mission is:
- promote adherence to and observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other similar international instruments;
- promote the conclusion, ratification, and implementation of conventions, covenants, and protocols protecting human rights, especially in Australia and the nations of Southeast Asia and the Pacific;
- provide an organization through which the legal profession and others interested in human rights can protect and sustain the Rule of Law and promote the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
- help, advise and encourage all who seek to achieve, by means of the Rule of Law universal respect for and promote the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
- co-operate with a similar organisations in Australia and other countries through the channels provided by ICJ Geneva and other available means.
ICJ Victoria seeks to fulfill its objectives by public education and seminars, submissions, reports, and advocacy.