The CAHDI's consideration of questions concerning the peaceful settlement of disputes covers many areas. The central element is studying and following the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. The CAHDI has also considered more specific issues such as overlapping jurisdiction of international tribunals and the nomination of international arbitrators and conciliators.
Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice
The CAHDI has discussed the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) under the agenda item on "Peaceful settlement of disputes" since its 30th meeting (Strasbourg, 19-20 September 2005).
Activity of the CAHDI
At the CAHDI meetings, delegations pass on any relevant information. This may concern declarations by their states recognising as compulsory the jurisdiction of the ICJ, the acceptance of peaceful settlement of disputes clauses in other international agreements or cases involving them brought before the ICJ.
Recommendation on the acceptance of the jurisdiction of the ICJ
The CAHDI also worked on a draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the acceptance of the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice at its 33rd, 34th and 35th meetings (22-23 March 2007, 10-11 September 2007 and 6-7 March 2008 respectively). The purpose of the recommendation, which was adopted on 2 July 2008 at the 1031st meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, is to assist states wishing to accept the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ or amend their declarations of acceptance of the optional clause, as well as to promote the peaceful settlement of disputes, while underlining the importance of a mechanism of this kind to the international community.