ICJ Vision & Mission


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.