Géza Herczegh

Judge, International Court of Justice

  • Foreword by Judge Géza Herczegh

    At the request of the United Nations General Assembly, the International Court of Justice delivered an Advisory Opinion on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. Some commentators have called this one of the most important decisions in the Court's history. It was taken after long debate, and section 2E of the decision was adopted only by the President's casting vote, seven members of the Court having voted in favour and seven against. Every member found it necessary to add to the Advisory Opinion either a declaration or a separate or dissenting opinion making clear his or her own position in relation to the question raised by the General Assembly.