Universal House of Justice
The Universal House of Justice is the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, an elected body of nine members that has its permanent seat at the Bahá’í World Centre. It is elected every five years by the entire membership of all national Bahá’í assemblies.
Bahá’u’lláh conferred authority upon the Universal House of Justice to exert a positive influence on the welfare of humankind, promote education, peace and global prosperity, and safeguard human honour and the position of religion.
The Universal House of Justice is charged with applying the Bahá’í teachings to the needs of an ever-evolving society. As such, it is empowered to legislate on matters not explicitly covered in the faith’s sacred texts.
The Universal House of Justice was first elected in 1963. Since then, it has guided the Bahá’í world community to contribute towards building a prosperous global civilization. The guidance offered by the Universal House of Justice ensures unity of thought and action in the Bahá’í community as it learns to translate Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of world peace into reality.
All Bahá’í elections are conducted by secret ballot, and the Bahá’í electoral process prohibits the nomination of candidates. This ensures that each person participating in an election has full freedom of choice, and it avoids any partisanship or power-seeking behaviour. Elections takes place in an atmosphere of spirituality and devotion.