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July 01, 2016

Global Conflict Resolution and the International Court of Justice

By Dan A. Naranjo

Today’s world is becoming smaller as a result of technology and globalization. With improvements in modern technology, transportation, and communication, the nations of the world must have a common venue to settle disputes peacefully—a venue that provides an impartial, and neutral, judiciary and that follows the United Nations’ mandate to attempt to mediate, arbitrate, and negotiate in order to solve disputes. This venue exists, and it is referred to as the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands.

As the United States becomes more diverse, there is an increasing need to “find ways to both embrace and nurture its diversity.”1 The increase in diversity in our nation creates new ways of thinking and provides unique opportunities to increase the “global connectivity”2 of the United States and the world abroad.

Our country is experiencing a dynamic shift in the makeup of our population. In 2011, “for the first time in the history of the country, more minority babies than white babies were born in a year.”3 This increases the need for diverse judiciaries in order to better understand the mindset of the disputants. And if changes are made and “planned properly, these demographic changes will allow the country to face the future with growth and vitality as it reinvents the classic American melting pot for a new era.”4

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