The Game

The International Game of Justice consists of 53 cards. Fourty-seven of those cards contain details about a particular case of the ICJ, PCIJ or PCA (see below for the list of cases included). Two cards contain an image of an eminent publicist. There is also one cover card, one United Nations Security Council card and two cards containing the rules.

The Case Cards

Example Card: Corfu Channel

Example Card: Corfu Channel

Each Case Card consists of three parts. First, there is an image linked to the case at hand. Second, there are four categories containing numerical values related to the specific case. The first category displays the number of dissenting opinions. The second category provides information about the impact of a specific case. The impact of a case is measured by the frequency with which it was cited in the academic literature using academic databases (the actual number of citations is converted using specific formula). The Jessup factor measures the importance of a case for Jessup competitors. This value was determined by the number of citations to specific cases in the award winning memorials of the past 20 years (again the number of citations is converted using a specific formula). The fourth category displays the number of paragraphs and the year in which the case was decided.

The third part consist of two pieces of information: the parties to a given case and an abridged summary (taken from the judgments (merits where applicable) of the ICJ) of the key issues disputed in that case. The information contained in this part will be of importance for Advanced Rules: A.

Eminent Publicists

The two Eminent Publicist cards contain an image of Hugo Grotius and Bertha von Suttner respectively. The eminent publicists are of importance for Advanced Rules: B.UNSC

United Nations Security Council Card (Second Edition onwards)

Each set of the IGJ contains one United Nations Security Council Card, which is of importance for Advanced Rules: C.

Cases included

The current set of cards includes the following 47 cases sourced from the jurisprudence of the ICJ, PCIJ and PCA. These cases were chosen because they scored highest on the impact and Jessup factor scale. The data of the cards was always gathered with respect to the merits judgment (where applicable). The case names of advisory opinions are followed by the abbreviation of AO.

LaGrand Nottebohm
Lockerbie Nuclear Tests
Monetary Gold Diallo
Western Sahara A.O.
Atlantique Incident
Certain Phosphates Minquiers and Ecrehos
Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh Oil Platforms
East Timor Temple of Preah Vihear
Border/Transb. Actions (Nicaragua v. Honduras) Frontier Dispute (Burkina F. v. Mali)
Northern Cameroons Arrest Warant
Interhandel Corfu Channel
Jurisdictional Immunities Anglo Norwegian Fisheries
Reparations A.O. The Wall A.O.
Armed Activities (Congo) Elettronica Sicula (ELSI)
Barcelona Traction South West Africa A.O.
Military/Paramilitary Activities in/against Nicaragua Nuclear Weapons A.O.
Genocide Convention (Bosnia/Herzegovina v. Serbia/Montenegro) Gabčikovo-Nagymaros Project
SS Lotus
New!
North Sea Continental Shelf New!
Mavrommatis Palestine Concessions New!
Chorzów Factory
New!
SS Wimbledon New!
Island of Palmas New!
Whaling in the Antarctic New!
Status of Eastern Carelia New!
Oscar Chinn
New!
Status of Eastern Greenland New!
Certain German Interests in Polish Upper Silesia
New!
Clipperton Island Arbitration New!
Kasikili/Sedudu Island New!
Pulp Mills New!
Lighthouses in Crete and Samos New!