Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fourteen Cases on the ICJ Docket

ICJ The International Court of Justice decides cases disputes submitted to it by states (contentious cases) and renders advisory opinions (advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred by other organs of the United Nations or by one of the U.N. agencies that are specifically authorized to submit questions to the Court. Fourteen cases are now pending before the Court.  Thirteen of the cases are contentious cases between states.  One case (on the Independence of Kosovo) falls under the Court’s advisory jurisdiction.  Here is a list of pending cases (in the order in which they were filed): 

  1. Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros Project (Hungary/Slovakia)

  2. Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Republic of Guinea v. Democratic Republic of the Congo) 

  3. Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda)

  4. Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia) 

  5. Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia)

  6. Certain Criminal Proceedings in France (Republic of the Congo v. France)

  7. Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay)

  8. Maritime Dispute (Peru v. Chile)

  9. Aerial Herbicide Spraying (Ecuador v. Colombia) 

  10. Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v. Russian Federation)

  11. Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo (Request for Advisory Opinion) 

  12. Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995 (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia v. Greece)

  13. Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy)

  14. Questions relating to the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite (Belgium v. Senegal)

Click here for more information about these cases.  A program about the International Court of Justice will be held in Chicago on Sunday, August 2, 2009 as part of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting.


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