The Arab League has handed over its written response in the case of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
A statement issued by the pan-Arab organization said the General Secretariat handed over the written response to the international court to get its advisory opinion on the occupation and its practices and violations in the Palestinian lands.
In March, the Court, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, authorized the League of Arab States, at its request, to participate in the proceedings on the request for an advisory opinion in respect of the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
In particular, pursuant to Article 66 of its Statute, the Court has decided that the League is likely to be able to furnish information on the questions submitted to the Court by the General Assembly.
The ICJ was established by the United Nations Charter in June 1945 and began its activities in April 1946. The Court is composed of 15 judges elected for a nine-year term by the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations.
The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). The Court has a twofold role: first, to settle, in accordance with international law, through judgments which have binding force and are without appeal for the parties concerned, legal disputes submitted to it by States; and, second, to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and agencies of the system.