Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The International Court of Justice will hold public hearings starting on December 1st on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence early last year. The U.N. General Assembly asked the ICJ for an advisory opinion on that issue. Individual Member States will be able to present oral statements and comments at the hearings. The Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) of Kosovo, which authored the declaration of independence from Serbia, will also be able to present statements and comments. Some 36 Member States and the PISG have already filed written statements on the question. They have until September 15 to indicate to the ICJ whether they wish to participate in the public hearings.