Monday, October 19, 2009
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to render an advisory opinion regarding whether Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia is in accordance with international law. The ICJ has announced that it will hold public hearings on the question from December 1-11, 2009. Thirty States have announced their intention to participate in the hearings. At least three European Union (EU) States, Spain, Romania and Cyprus, have announced their intention to oppose independence for Kosovo. Other EU States, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States, are scheduled to testify in favor of independence for Kosovo. While the ICJ's opinion will only be advisory and will not decide any contentious cases, it will certainly provide ammunition to parties in other matters relating to statehood and independence.