Friday, April 1, 2011
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued its opinion today regarding Russia's Preliminary Objections in the Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v. Russian Federation). The Court determined that there is an existing dispute between the parties regarding Russia's compliance with CERD based on Georgia's allegations of ethnic cleansing by Russia in 2008. However, the ICJ held that it has no jurisdiction to hear the case at the present time because Georgia did not engage in negotiations with Russia as required by CERD before filing the suit at the ICJ. The Court did not address Russia's two other objections to jurisdiction.
The Court's press relase may be found here.