Twenty practices, including Dutch heavyweight OMA and Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, have been chosen from 12 different countries and will be handed 35,000 euros (£28,000) to submit concept designs on the brief.
The deadline for the designs is August and the three best will be announced in November, when all 20 entries will be exhibited in the Museon in the Hague.
The winning designer will be awarded 60,000 euros (£47,000) as well as the project, second prize will receive 50,000 euros (£39,000), and third will be handed 40,000 euros (£31,000).
Organised and chaired by the chief government architect of the Netherlands, the competition was launched last February.
The court’s new premises, with a total gross floor space of up to 46,000m2, will be constructed on the present site of the Alexanderkazerne former military barracks, located between the dunes and the Van Alkemadelaan in the Hague.
The 20 practices are:
Architectus Brisbane Pty, Brisbane, Australia;
Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, Paris, France;
Claus en Kaan Architecten, Rotterdam, Netherlands;
David Chipperfield Architects, London, United Kingdom;
Henning Larsen Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark;
Ingenhoven Architects, Düsseldorf, Germany;
JLCG arquitectos, Lisboa, Portugal;
Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tokyo, Japan;
Mangado y Asociados, Pamplona, Spain;
Mecanoo architecten, Delft, Netherlands;
Moshe Safdie & Associates, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA;
Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam, Netherlands;
Nikken Sekkei, Tokyo, Japan;
OMA/SeARCH, Rotterdam, Netherlands;
Sauerbruch Hutton GmbH, Berlin, Germany;
Schmidt Hammer Lassen/Bosch & Fjord, Århus C, Denmark;
Springall+Lira/bgp, Mexico, Mexico;
Stein Halvorsen/ARCASA, Oslo, Norway;
Wiel Arets Architect & Associates, Maastricht, Netherlands; and
Xaveer De Geyter, Brussels, Belgium.