The World Court

    The World Court has the power to adjudicate cases brought before the court by any member state against any other state. It does not have jurisdiction over individuals. It does not have any enforcement mechanism of its own to compel compliance.
     The World Court can be effective if its decisions are supported and enforced by the Security Council. It can never enforce a decision rendered against one of the 5 permanent members, since each of the 5 possesses a veto. When the court decided against the United States in a claim brought by Nicaragua, and authorized reparations to be paid, the United States refused to recognize the jurisdiction of the court.