INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
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Human rights groups urge Nepal to reject amnesty legislation
April 17, 2014
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the bil....... [more]

Bolivia president demands return of Chile coastline
April 16, 2014
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership to the land during a war with Chile in the 1800s. Chile alleges a treaty....... [more]

ICJ: Japan must halt whaling program
March 31, 2014
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan by Australia, which hope....... [more]

UN rights expert calls on ICJ to assess legality of Israel occupation of Palestine
March 24, 2014
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, on Friday called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to assess the legal status of Israel's prolonged occupation of Palestine. Falk accuses Israel of engaging in colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing and argues that....... [more]

Croatia accuses Serbia of genocide before international court
March 3, 2014
Croatia said Monday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that acts of violence committed by Serbia in the 1990s constituted genocide under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The Convention was breached, Croatia argues, when forces from the former....... [more]

Rights groups urge Nepal to respect Supreme Court ruling rejecting amnesty
February 1, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issued a joint statement Friday calling on the Nepal Parliament to reject amnesty legislation that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances was struck....... [more]

ICJ rules on maritime border dispute between Peru and Chile
January 27, 2014
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's highest court, issued a ruling establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile on Monday. The ICJ granted Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left Chile prosperous coastal fishing grounds. The decision....... [more]

ICJ gives Cambodia control over land surrounding ancient temple
November 11, 2013
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Cambodia has sovereignty over a disputed piece of land around the 1,000-year-old Temple of the Preah Vihear, in an attempt to settle an ongoing border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. The ICJ reasoned that its 1962 decision awarding C....... [more]

Senior officials from top international courts brief UN General Assembly
November 1, 2013
The presidents of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) briefed the UN General Assembly Thursday, providing information on cases decided and currently in deliberation before the courts. ICJ President Judge Peter Tomka praised the court's activities over....... [more]

Kenya parliament debates withdrawal from ICC
September 3, 2013
Kenya's parliament debated ending the country's membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, ahead of the impending trial of Vice President William Ruto and others. Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso ordered a special sitting of the assembly for Thursday. Even if Kenya vot....... [more]

Other International Courts
July 20, 2013
Although the ICC's name implies exclusivity, it is one of many international criminal tribunals. Several permanent international tribunals dealing in civil matters have also developed, ranging from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to the World T....... [more]




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