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International: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Confirms Sovereignty of Mauritius over Chagos Archipelago

(Feb. 23, 2021) On January 28, 2021, in its Judgment on Preliminary Objections in the Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Mauritius and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) rejected the Maldives’ challenges to the Tribunal’s jurisdiction. The judgment was rendered by the […]

International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

International: Investigations Launched at International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court Regarding Situation of Rohingya People

(Nov. 29, 2019) On November 11, 2019, the Republic of The Gambia (The Gambia) instituted proceedings against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar) before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the Genocide Convention). The Gambia’s submission is also […]

Croatia; International Court of Justice; Serbia: Judgment in a Case on the Application of the Convention on Genocide

(Feb. 6, 2015) On February 3, 2015, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, issued a judgment on whether Serbia had committed the crime of genocide against Croatians and whether Croatia had committed genocide against Serbs. (Press Release, No. 2015/4, International Court of Justice, Application of the Convention on the Prevention and […]

Bolivia; Chile; International Court of Justice: Access to the Sea Case

(Apr. 25, 2014) On April 15, 2014, Bolivia submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a memorandum with arguments supporting its lawsuit filed against Chile for the purpose of reclaiming access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia lost that access to the coast in a 19th-century war with Chile, leaving it landlocked. Chile has stated […]

Greece; International Court of Justice: Judgment on Blocking Entry of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into NATO

(Feb. 6, 2012) On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by its UN-recorded name of FYROM) into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). (ICJ, Judgment of 5 […]

International Court of Justice: No Jurisdiction for Georgian Claim

(Apr. 5, 2011) On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ)in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for this determination, which came on a ten-to-six vote by the ICJ judges, was that the two nations had not yet tried […]

International Court of Justice; Serbia and Montenegro: Documents Submitted in Case Against Kosovo Claim of Independence

(Apr. 27, 2009) On April 17, 2009, the Government of Serbia submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague its arguments against Kosovo's unilateral claim of independence, made on February 17, 2008. (Lucas Tanglen, Serbia Submits Arguments Against Kosovo Independence to ICJ, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST, Apr. 19, 2009, available at http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2009/04/serbia-submits-arguments-against-kosovo.php.) The […]

International Court of Justice: Ruling on Georgia v. Russian Federation

(Oct. 20, 2008) On October 15, 2008, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued its ruling in Georgia v. Russian Federation, which was brought to the Court on August 12, 2008, following the Republic of Georgia's accusation that Russia breached the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and conducted […]