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International LawInternational law is the body of legal rules that apply between sovereignstates and such other entities as have been granted internationalpersonality status acknowledged by the international community Therules of international law are of a normative character that is theyprescribe towards conduct and are potentially designed for authoritativeinterpretation by an international judicial authority and by being capableof enforcement by the application of external sanctions The InternationalCourt of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nationswhich succeeded the Permanent Court of International Justice after WorldWar II Article 92 of the charter of the United Nations states The International Court of justice shall be the principal judicialorgan of the United nations It shall function in accordance withthe annexed Statute which is based upon the Statute of the Permanentcourt of International Justice and forms an integral part of the presentCharter The commands of international law must be those that the statesimpose upon themselves as states must give consent to the commands thatthey will follow It is a direct expression of raison detat theinterests of the state and aims to serve the state as well as protectthe state by giving its rights and duties This is done through treatiesand other consensual engagements which are legally binding The case-law of the ICJ is an important aspect of the UNscontribution to the development of international law Its judgements andadvisory opinions permeates into the international legal community not onlythrough its decisions as such but through the wider implications of itsmethodology and reasoning The successful resolution of the border dispute between BurkinaFaso and Mali in the 1986 Frontier Dispute case illustrates the utility ofjudicial decision as a means of settlement in territorial disputes Thecase was submitted to a Chamber of the ICJ pursuant to a special agreementconcluded by the parties in 1983 In December 1985 while writtensubmissions were being prepared hostilities broke out in
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