International Court of Justice

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

The Netherlands announced on Sept. 18 that it had notified Syria of its intention to hold that government accountable for torture under the United Nations Convention against Torture. The Syrian government responded by saying the Netherlands had no right to address human rights,…

Celebrating International Criminal Justice Day

Pursuit of Justice for Serious Crimes Continues Amidst Challenges July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is a moment to…

Remember your humanity – Anniversaries of Russell-Einstein Manifesto, ICJ case and Rainbow Warrior bombing

This Thursday, July 9, is the 65th anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, a ground-breaking event that gave rise to the establishment of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in 1957 (awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995) and…

Surprising Rift Over Africa Seat in UN Security Council

The non-permanent Africa seat at the United Nations Security Council was the subject of a heated duel between two African countries who lobbied fiercely for the powerful prize. On a second round of balloting, the seat went to Kenya which…

The Marshall Islands: Courage, Foresight and Accountability

By Rick Wayman. The International Court of Justice has determined that it does not have jurisdiction in the nuclear disarmament cases brought by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) against India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK). By an…

The Marshall Islands vs the world’s nuclear powers: questions and answers

From the 7th to the 16th of March at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the tiny Republic of the Marshall Islands (population 53,000) presented its preliminary arguments in cases brought against the United Kingdom (population 63 million),…

Another kind of Nuclear Security Summit: The Marshall Islands vs. the Nuclear-Armed States

By Jacqueline Cabasso The recent Nuclear Security Summit hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC generated a goodly amount of hype, including some well-deserved criticism of its narrow focus on securing civilian highly enriched uranium (HEU) and other modest, voluntary…

Day Seven at the ICJ: Making a Big Fuss

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today concluded the preliminary phase of oral arguments in nuclear disarmament cases brought by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) against India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The hearings, which took place at…

ICJ Day Six, Round Two: Appealing to Sentiment

Yesterday afternoon, the United Kingdom completed its oral arguments in the case brought against it by the Marshall Islands at the International Court of Justice. Sir Daniel Bethlehem, Counsel for the United Kingdom, opened his pleadings on a seemingly conciliatory…

Day Six at the ICJ: Contempt of Court

This morning at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) presented final oral arguments in its nuclear disarmament case against India during this phase. Phon van den Biesen, co-agent of the Marshall Islands, opened…

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