International Launch of Legal Alternatives to War – Towards universal jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (LAW not War)

Date: 23rd of October, 13:15 (EST) / 19:15 (CET)
Online and In-Person

Hybrid event at Bahá’i International Community United Nations Office, 866 UN Plaza, Suite 120, New York City

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“From the smallest village to the global stage, the rule of law is all that stands between peace and stability and a brutal struggle for power and resources. I note the importance of accepting the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court and call on all Member States to do so without any reservations.”
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General. Remarks to the UN Security Council Thematic Debate on the Rule of Law Among Nations, January 12, 2023

Legal Alternatives to War: Towards universal jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (LAW not War) is a new global campaign to enhance the jurisdiction and use of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in order to assist countries to resolve international disputes peacefully rather than through recourse to the threat or use of force.

The objectives of the campaign are to:

  • Increase the number of States accepting thecompulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ;
  • Encourage more frequent use of the ICJ asa dispute resolution mechanism provided ininternational treaties;
  • Appeal to States to make useof ICJ jurisdiction through mutual agreement for specific disputes;
  • Support UN bodies to request ICJ Advisory Opinions oncritical issues;
  • Encourage states to adopt constitutional amendments or legislative measures to affirm the UN Charter prohibition of war and the obligation to resolve international disputes peacefully including through recourse to the ICJ.

The campaign is being launched by a coalition of civil society organizations including Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace, Basel Peace Office, Citizens for Global Solutions, UNFOLD ZERO, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) and the World Future Council.


  • Jutta Bertram Nothnagel. United Nations Representative, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. Vice-President of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and Focal Point on the International Criminal Court. In-person.
  • Alyn Ware. Program Director, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy. International Representative, Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace. In-person.


  • Tadashi Inuzuka. Co-President, World Federalist Movement- Institute for Global Policy. Former Senator from Nagasaki. Online
  • Sir Kenneth Keith. Judge of the International Court of Justice (2006-2015). Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law. Member of the New Zealand Court of Appeal (1995-2006) and NZ Supreme Court (2001,2003). Online
  • H. E. Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo Verduzco. Member, International Law Commission (2012-2022). Agent for Mexico in the ICJ Avena case (Mexico v USA). Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York. In-person.
  • Prof. Dr. Bogdan AurescuMember, UN International Law Commission. Former Foreign Minister. Agent of Romania before the International Court of Justice (2004- 2009)
  • Rebecca Shoot. Executive Director, Citizens for Global Solutions. Co-Convener, Washington Working Group for the International Criminal Court. In-person.
  • Neshan Gunasekera, Research Fellow, Raoul Wallenberg Institute. Member, World Future Council. Former assistant to ICJ judge Christopher Weeramantry. Online
  • Roger Clark, Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of Law, Rutgers Law School. Representative for Samoa in the 1996 ICJ case on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, 1998 Rome negotiations for an International Criminal Court and subsequent ICC negotiations on the Crime of Aggression. In-person

For further information please contact Alyn Ware