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Sovereign Court of International Justice


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The Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ) is the “High Court” for human rights and international law cases, operated by the Independent Judiciary Profession. It is established as an autonomous official body of the intergovernmental organization (IGO) Ignita Veritas United (IVU), which serves as the host institution providing supporting infrastructure.


Full Diplomatic Status – Chartered as an “Official Body” of an IGO, the Sovereign Court (SCIJ) thereby holds independent diplomatic status as an autonomous IGO in its own right. International law confirms that official bodies as agencies of a host IGO constitute “other subjects of international law” as separate “parties” to “international agreements”, as provided by the Charter of the host IGO institution (1969 Convention on Law of Treaties, Articles 3, 3(c), 5).


The general operations of the Court by the Independent Judiciary Profession upholding international law are supported by the Royal Institute of Law and Justice (Law Faculty) of Ignita Veritas University.


All net proceeds from the Government Court Division of the Sovereign Court (SCIJ) and its Arbitration Court (ACIJ) are used to fund the non-profit operations of the Human Rights Court Division, through the Public Access to Justice Endowment (PAJE) Fund.




Name of the Court for Translations


The key word “Sovereign”, historically meaning the highest powers and authorities of a royal kingdom, can be difficult to translate in some languages. Its modern meaning is a combination of its synonyms, “supreme” and “independent”, with the added meaning that it holds “diplomatic status”.


Judiciary supremacy with real independence and inherent diplomatic status is only possible for a properly formed International Court which is an intergovernmental organization (IGO), which in international law thereby holds supra-governmental authorities of “Universal Jurisdiction”, at a higher level above individual countries.


Therefore, the best translation of the name of the Court is “Supreme Court of International Justice”.


The Court is named “Sovereign” to emphasize the supra-governmental supremacy of the Independent Judiciary Profession, protected by law against interference or undue influence from any governments, with intergovernmental diplomatic status supporting its enforcement powers as a Court of Law for international Justice.




Official Authority as a Court of Law


The Sovereign Court (SCIJ) was strategically reverse-engineered from the modern conventions of international law, to inherently possess legal powers and authorities already codified in the conventions, which are already recognized by essentially every country in the world.


As a result, the SCIJ High Court was founded as already having official status to legally assert binding supra-governmental Universal Jurisdiction, to adjudicate and enforce matters involving governments and officials of all countries.


(Details in Judiciary Authorities and Judiciary Enforcement sections.)


Mandate for Justice


The Sovereign Court (SCIJ) fulfills a mandate of conventional law for providing access to Justice, specifically: The basic human right to “fair and equal access to justice” (2005 Right to Remedy for Human Rights, Articles 2(b), 3(c), 11(a), 12), providing “access to justice” through “accessible formal procedures” of “customary justice” (1985 Declaration of Justice for Abuse of Power, Articles 4, 5, 7).


Basis for Court Powers


An International Court must be properly established as “independent” from any one government, as an “international” institution (1948 Declaration of Human Rights, Articles 10, 28).


The Independent Judiciary Profession has the right to establish an International Court as an “intergovernmental organization” (IGO), operating at the supra-governmental “international level”.  Only such a Court can exercise “independent judicial authority” of “professionally qualified” Judges as an “international body”.  (1998 Right to Protect Human Rights, Articles 1, 5, 9.2, 9.3(c), 9.4)


The Independent Judiciary can establish an IGO Court, as “international cooperation” managed by “professional Judges”, having “exclusive authority”, without interference by any governments in its “judicial decisions” (1985 Principles on Independence of the Judiciary, Preamble: ¶1, ¶10, Articles 3, 4).


Universal Jurisdiction


The Sovereign Court (SCIJ) is an official Court of Law, properly established as an “international judicial organ”, thereby having “Universal Jurisdiction” over all countries for all matters involving international law, to provide a “judicial remedy”, as an “other body” independent from government influence, by its own “international processes” (2005 Right to Remedy for Human Rights, Articles 4, 5, 12, 14).


Such Universal Jurisdiction over all countries is essentially defined as the Court having “independent” authority to exercise the higher jurisdiction of international law:


International law mandates that “everyone has the right [to] an effective remedy [for] violation” of rights, by an “independent judicial authority” with “enforcement” powers (1998 Right to Protect Human Rights, Articles 9.1-9.2).


“Justice [requires] international cooperation”, and the “independence of the Judiciary” must be “respected by Governments”.  “Judges shall be free… to protect their judicial independence”, and to accept cases “within the Court” as an “internal matter of judicial administration” (1985 Principles on Independence of the Judiciary, Preamble: ¶1, ¶10, Articles 9, 14).


Binding On All Countries


These official powers and authorities of supra-governmental Universal Jurisdiction are “binding upon” all countries as a “recognized customary rule of international law” (1969 Convention on Law of Treaties, Article 38).


A State “may not invoke… its internal [domestic] law as justification for its failure to perform” its obligations under international law (1969 Law of Treaties, Article 27).  “Domestic law” is required to be “consistent with… international obligations” under the conventions of international law (1998 Right to Protect Human Rights, Article 3).




Unique Culture as a Next-Generation Court


Unique Judiciary Culture as a Next-Generation CourtThe Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ) is a traditional yet next-generation Court of Law, operated by the Independent Judiciary Profession. This gives it a unique and distinctive character, embodying positive humanitarian values, and providing innovative practical solutions to modern challenges.


As a result, this Court has a unique capability to restore real Justice for the People, and thereby return the Rule of Law as one of the most essential pillars of civilization.


As a modern trend, State Courts, increasingly operated by politically appointed or elected Judges, and thus driven by political agendas, often issue superficial rulings which do not explain the reasoning, or fail to address what the law actually says.  This degenerative practice conceals many errors of fact, law and logic from scrutiny, making rulings appear arbitrary and subjective.


The Sovereign Court (SCIJ) restores and firmly applies the time-tested solution to this compelling need:


The most essential role and fundamental obligation of a Court of Law, without which it cannot be properly called a Court of Law, is the strict scholarly discipline of applying the law to the facts as established by the evidence, and issuing a written reasoned Judgment, transparently documenting those bases for each and every Judgment.


This doctrine is enshrined in the SCIJ Rules of Court, making it a traditional Court of classical jurisprudence, thereby upholding the integrity of the Independent Judiciary Profession, and restoring public confidence in the principles of true Justice.


All Judgments issued by the Sovereign Court (SCIJ) are based upon the logical, objective, methodical and direct application of relevant rules of law to the verifiable facts of each case as established by the evidence:


In all cases, the Court issues a proper and traditional Judgment, declaring the conclusions of fact-finding, with reference to the determinative evidence, citing sources for all rules of law, and explaining the basis and reasoning for the end result of the Judgment.  This makes all judgments self-contained as “self-proving”, proving what the law is, and proving that its results are correct under law.




Human Rights Court Division


Individual & Private Claims


Human Rights Court DivisionThe Sovereign Court (SCIJ), by its official status with inherent legal authority of supra-governmental Universal Jurisdiction, is empowered to effectively enforce claims by private individuals and organizations against country governments, agencies and officials, and issue judgments which are binding and enforceable against all parties found to be guilty of human rights violations.


The specialized areas of expertise needed for effectively handling human rights matters and related enforcement are supported by the Royal Institute of Geopolitics and Diplomacy (Diplomatic Academy) of Ignita Veritas University.


Rights for Historical States


The historical and indigenous Nation-States of the world, although holding sovereignty under international law, have been excluded from the modern international forums, and thus deprived of access to Justice to protect the human rights of their Peoples.


The Universal Jurisdiction of the SCIJ High Court is well suited to upholding human rights for small developing Nation-States which are “sovereign subjects of international law”, but do not have access to any of the modern treaty-based Courts.


Developing Court Operations


The SCIJ Human Rights Court Division can only process cases within the non-profit budgets available through grass-roots fundraising and private donations from the general public. While a strong level of operations is already provided for, SCIJ is currently not yet ready to open its claims process to the general public.


Presently, the SCIJ High Court may select representative claims of serious cases on key points of international law, based upon recommendation and referral from human rights advocacy organizations.


The host IGO Ignita Veritas United (IVU) continues developing the infrastructure and expanding the capabilities of the Sovereign Court (SCIJ), as a priority non-profit humanitarian project.  SCIJ hopes to open the Human Rights Court Division to process claims from the general public as soon as possible, subject only to a sufficient endowment level of non-profit funding.


All countries, organizations and citizens, who value the Rule of Law and human rights, are encouraged to make fully tax deductible non-profit donations to this extremely important humanitarian project of global significance.




Government Court Division


Official Court for Nation States


The Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ), inherently possessing codified conventional law authority of supra-governmental Universal Jurisdiction, can adjudicate cases involving all governments, agencies and officials of territorial countries, and also non-territorial States which are otherwise denied access to the modern treaty-based Courts. This capability is provided through the Government Court Division.


Court of Record for States


Through its Government Court Division, the Sovereign Court (SCIJ) can also serve as an authorized official “Court of Record” for historical or indigenous Nation-States, by appointment from any such State which chooses to delegate its relevant Judiciary functions to the Court as its government contractor.


The Government Court Division is well suited to meeting the needs of small developing Nation-States, including sovereign indigenous Tribes, Royal Houses or Orders of Chivalry, or other entities which are sovereign subjects of international law possessing statehood, which do not wish to establish their own Judiciary and Court system.


Supports Historical States


Historical and indigenous Nation-States which traditionally possess sovereignty of statehood retain such status by “customary international law”.


(1961 Diplomatic Relations, Preamble: ¶5, Article 47.1; 1963 Consular Relations, Preamble: ¶6; 1969 Special Missions, Preamble: ¶8; 2004 Immunities of States, Preamble: ¶5; 1969 Law of Treaties, Preamble: ¶8, Article 38; 2005 Right to Remedy for Human Rights, Article 1), also enforceable as “other sources of international law” (1948 Declaration of Human Rights, Preamble: ¶3.)


The status of such Nation-States as a sovereign “subject of international law” is “binding upon” all countries as a “recognized customary rule of international law” (1969 Law of Treaties, Articles 3, 38), and such States inherently possess diplomatic and consular relations (1963 Consular Relations, Articles 1(d), 3, 17.1) including as a non-territorial state (1961 Diplomatic Relations, Articles 1(i), 23.1, 30.1).


The specialized areas of expertise needed for effectively handling matters of historical customary law for sovereign historical institutions are supported by the Academy of History & Culture (History Faculty) of Ignita Veritas University.


Authority with Independence


In relation to applying the laws of a delegating State as its Court of Record, all Orders and Judgments issued by the Court carry full weight of sovereign authority as official intergovernmental determinations under international law.


As an independent Judiciary institution serving as an external Court of Record, the Government Court Division is solely responsible for the interpretation, application, adjudication and enforcement of the sovereign laws of each appointing State. It is also empowered to conduct official investigation and prosecution of violations of such sovereign laws. All petitions, motions, responses and evidence are filed directly and independently with the Court.




Indigenous Rights Division


Claims for Indigenous Peoples


The fundamental principles of human rights recognized as international law equally protect the needs of indigenous peoples, whose rights were infringed for many centuries by the modern governments of dominating countries.


Unique aspects of these same rights, involving indigenous cultures as an important part of the collective heritage of humanity through cultural diversity in civilization, are further established in the 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


The effective application of human rights law for indigenous peoples requires more specific knowledge of cultural and national history, particular aspects of certain national laws of territorial host countries, and the participation of lawyers and Judges having professional experience with supporting indigenous rights.


The Indigenous Rights Division serves as the dedicated part of the Court which concentrates on the rights of indigenous peoples, as a distinct area of human rights law. This better empowers individuals, Tribes or Nations of indigenous Peoples to bring claims against host country governments, agencies and officials under international law.


The specialized areas of expertise needed for effectively adjudicating historically based claims for indigenous peoples are supported by the Academy of History & Culture (History Faculty) of Ignita Veritas University.


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