author={Harold G. Maier},
  journal={American Journal of International Law},
  pages={77 - 78}
  • H. G. Maier
  • Published 1 January 1987
  • Law
  • American Journal of International Law
The ultimate authority of the International Court of Justice flows from the same source as the ultimate authority of all other judicial bodies. Every court’s decisions are an authoritative source of law in a realistic sense only because they are accepted as such by the community whose controversies the court is charged to resolve. In the case of the World Court, it is the community of nations that confers that authority and under the Court’s Statute, its jurisdiction is conferred solely by the…