Thursday, August 5, 2010
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has scheduled public hearings regarding the Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v. Russian Federation) for Monday Sept. 13 to Friday Sept. 17, 2010. This case was filed by Georgia in 2008 in the wake of violent conflict with Russia that August. Georgia alleged that Russia had engaged in widespread and systematic discrimination against ethnic Georgians both before and during the conflict in violation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), to which both States belong. The September 2010 hearing will concern only Russia's preliminary objections to jurisdiction. Russia claims that the matter does not involve racial discrimination, but instead the case is about the use of force, humanitarian law and territorial integrity. Thus, according to Russia, jurisdiction is not properly founded on the CERD and there is no other basis upon which the ICJ may rest jurisdiction.