490. Advisory opinions of the International Court of Justice.

The International Court of Justice1 may give an advisory opinion upon any legal question2 at the request of a body authorised to do so by3 or in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations4. Other organs and specialised agencies may be authorised by the General Assembly to ask for an opinion on a legal question arising out of their activities5. The purpose of advisory opinions is to assist the political organs of the United Nations and specialised agencies by providing guidance on points of law in connection with the functioning of those organs and agencies.

In proceedings on requests